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Cool style ON THE PISTE

The ULTIMATE TRACKDAY experience for hardcore enthusiasts

at Sierra Nevada

Best of the BEAUTY GIFTS


The Healthy Days of Christmas







26 glamour digest 08

Chic style and stunning fashion trends

tech world 12

Cutting edge innovation ... state-of-the-art gadgets

movie lines 14

music notes 16

fashion flair 26

Rock snippets from around the globe


Contents ultimate glamour 20

Behind the scenes in the world of films and DVDs


No 19 – December 2010

Stephen Webster: The Seven Deadly Sins

Cool style on the piste at Sierra Navada


latest trends 34

Tips, trends and new sensations in make-up and skincare

health and fitness 36

The 12 Healthy Days of Christmas‌ with Matt Roberts

clinic and boutique 38

Health, fitness and beauty news from along the Coast

society 40

Costa glamour... mixing business with pleasure


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34 62 kristina szekely’s diary 55 fine dining 56 Queen of Marbella social scene

Health fusion… and exotic aromas

business profile costa getaways restaurant guide 80 60 64 noticeboard table talk on the road 85 62 72 A romantic haven of luxury and pampering

Restaurant news and culinary tidbits

Highly recommended for gastronomic pleasure

Trackday cars: the right stuff

The new Marbella… and entrepreneur

Business and other news from around Spain

snapshots 87

Your view... special moments and occasions

in the stars 89

Astrologist Russell Grant looks into the future

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A time for optimism… and a bit of festive fun


nother year is drawing to an end and once again, for most of us, there will be the traditional balancing trick of enjoying the festive season while also avoiding too much over-indulgence - mostly of the financial variety in the current circumstances. As usual, excessive Christmas feasting can be balanced with a salutary new year regime of dieting and exercise; hangovers can be eased with a picaresque variety of remedies (from gazpacho to Bloody Marys); and even family feuds can often be ended with a conciliatory invitation to Christmas lunch. On the other hand, reconciling the desire to have a suitably cheerful and positive festive season with the need to minimise the backlash of January's crushing credit card statement is not always easy. With that in mind, this issue is packed with ideas about how to enjoy a truly festive December and choose some great gifts for family and friends - without breaking the bank.

Of course, if the year has been kind to you and the bank manager is still on firstname terms, you may want to splash out a little, perhaps with a touch of whimsy, in which case we suggest you check out our main featured article this month on celebrity jeweller Stephen Webster's new collection, “The Seven Deadly Sins”. If you are looking for something more white-knuckle exhilarating, either for your own pleasure or as a special gift for someone you want to really impress, our motoring correspondent takes to the Ascari racetrack near Ronda, where “hardcore track junkies” can join a new supercar club. In addition to gift ideas, and some timely fitness tips for “The 12 Healthy Days of Christmas”, this issue previews latest collections from the Coast's top fashion boutiques - just the right time to step out in style for the office Christmas party or family get-together - and discovers some of the tantalising festive menus on offer at our favourite restaurants.

Publisher Andy Clark Advertising Manager Emma Landberg Tel. 667 619 488 Advertising Representative Annalisa Turner-Sterling Tel. 655 466 798 Accounts Manager Suzanne Kellet Tel. 952 814 851



We are also pleased to note that, as other local media options become more limited and less frequent, Society Living is publishing 12 issues a year, which means we will be the ones setting the agenda and kick-starting the new year on the Costa del Sol with a January edition. For that first issue of 2011 we will have an exclusive interview with the dazzling mezzosoprano opera and crossover singer Katherine Jenkins. Until then, we hope you all have a fun-packed, and occasionally restful, December and are able to look forward to 2011 with a renewed spirit of optimism.

Editorial Associate Editor Nicola McGeorge Features Editor Laura-Jane Bruce Contributing Editor Peter Leonard Contributors Russell Grant, Ian Kuah, Matt Roberts, Kristina Szekely Photographers Ruth Jones, Saud Rifat David Toms

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Steal their style Celebrated British actress Helena Bonham Carter is known for her quirky look and she certainly stood out at the world premiere of the latest Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Most of us mere mortals wouldn’t be able to pull this off and would more likely resemble an old bag lady rather than a red carpet goddess. The best way to rock an outfit like she does is to accessorise with statement jewellery. Helena wore a selection of Stephen Webster jewels, the striking Jellyfish earrings in 18-carat white gold and white diamonds, the fabulous Shrimp knuckleduster ring in 18-carat white gold with black diamonds, and a central black opal stone from the In Deep fine jewellery collection. Stephen Webster, Puerto Banús: Tel. (+34) 952 816 976;


The Popera Princess Look out for our exclusive interview with the golden girl of British classical music, Katherine Jenkins, in our January issue. She spoke to Nicola McGeorge about singing to the troops, and even the X Factor. Here is a sneaky peek… “I’m am so happy that Wagner is still in the X Factor; you need someone like that in the show. He adds the fun and entertainment,” she adds, laughing. “I think One Direction are going to win though. They are so cute; all the little girls are just going to fall in love with them and I think they are going to be a great success.” Believe – The Platinum Edition is out now, featuring four new tracks and the companion DVD film, A Year In the Life of Believe. 08


The best beach club on the Costa del Sol, La Cabane… with such dream settings as La Luna Restaurant. Seven magnificent dining rooms in the five-star Hotel Los Monteros, including the majestic Salón Real. Your smaller celebrations and dinners in the exquisite El Corzo Restaurant. Los Monteros… a spectacular place to enjoy life, 365 days a year in Marbella.





Novelty knitwear Christmas jumpers were once the downside of the festive season, becoming for many an unwanted present, but this year the knits have become trendy, with fashion experts tipping them as the must-have item to wear this season. Stores all over the country are stocking yuletide-style jumpers that your Nan would have been proud to make. We're not talking full-on snowman jumpers: a hint of a snowflake or animal patterns are perfect.

Red-carpet glamour This winter, Fashion Villa in Elviria have these wonderful collections in stock. This shimmering dress is by designer Ella Singh, who creates timeless pieces for the chicest and most elegant ladies. They are often seen on the red carpet, so you will be sure to turn heads this Christmas. However, if you are more of a sensationally suited fashionista, Gloria Estelles’ collection embraces glamorous chic for the executive woman; she regularly designs for the Spanish royal family. If that won’t get you noticed this yuletide, I don’t know what will! Fashion Villa: Tel. 952 850 501



Don’t put a foot wrong this Christmas…

Warm and comfortable Nina B in Nueva Andalucía are gearing up for the winter, and now stock these fabulous knitted boots. Inspired by South American hand-made footwear, these lifestyle boots are designed to keep your toes and legs away from Jack Frost. Bohemian, animal print, knitwear… they hit every winter 2010 trend. They’re even eco friendly; the sock is 100 per cent organic cotton and the sole is 100 per cent biodegradable rubber. They would make a brilliant gift for Christmas. Nina B Fashion Boutique: Tel. 952 907 020



Party dress style It’s that time of year again: the Christmas office party. Rid yourself of those grey suits and sensible flats and instead grab a pair of heels, an eye-catching dress and some sparkling make-up, and prepare to rule the dance floor. The colour of the season is peach and black, and Society Living have chosen the best of the bunch. This is one bit of overtime you’ll definitely enjoy.

Cocorose London’s foldable ballet pumps are the perfect Christmas present for all party-lovers with a passion for fashion. Stylish and über-comfortable, the unique ballet pumps come folded in a chic purse; with a hidden back pocket that holds a black satin minishoulder-bag. They are designed so that, when your feet begin to ache from wearing skyscraper heels, you can now simply kick them off, slip into your Cocorosers and slide your stilettos, along with the dinky purse, into the shoulder bag! Available from:


Simple and fun Sony have released the new Bloggie Touch, a 12.8 megapixel video camera that can also take digital stills while filming. It has a built in flipout USB so you can upload your photos quicker and a three-inch touchscreen display that makes capturing special moments easy.


3D in style Check out these classy 3D glasses by Gucci. Finally you can look good while watching a movie in 3D.

Energising power Duracell have become involved in wireless charging and, with their expertise, it has to be good! You can charge most types of phones or electric devices – just slip on the power sleeve and you’re away. 12


Slick docking Once again B&O have pulled out the stops to produce a slick, sexy docking station for your iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC. You can also stream your music to it wirelessly via Apple AirPort Express and it has room adaption as well, allowing you to move it into different rooms without compromising the sound.

Clever timing This may look like a rubber band but it is actually a watch. It has a touch interface where you can swipe the screen to change from clock to alarm. You can also reset it by pinching its sides… certainly a clever and interesting timepiece.

The comfy remote! Don’t you just hate it when you lose your remote for the TV or end up sitting on it? Now you can rest on your remote in comfort and you won’t lose it!

Four-colour TV Sharp are now boasting that you can see the colour yellow with their new Quattron range. It also comes with 3D glasses, Ethernet cable to surf the web and a Wi-Fi option to stream movies.


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CULTURAL CORNER Movie of the Month Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale A film for those who don’t think they believe in Santa Claus anymore… In the depths of Lapland’s Korvatunturi Mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. Based on the award-winning shorts of director Jalmari Helander that have already acquired a cult reputation on the internet… Santa Claus is coming to town in a neverbefore-seen Christmas fantasy-thriller for all ages. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard romantic-comedy Christmas films that are released every year, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is definitely one for you. Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Ville Virtanen



Five of the best for December


For Coloured Girls For Coloured Girls weaves together the stories of nine different women – Joanna, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move in and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to each other, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit, where they will find commonality and understanding. Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson


Megamind After super-villain Megamind kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. This film will appeal to all ages and is going to be a laugh-out-loud comedy for the whole family. Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey


Meet the Parents: Little Fockers After 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles, Greg is finally being accepted by his tightly wound father-in-law Jack. However, after the cashstrapped Greg takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, Jack's suspicions about his favourite


male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam's entire clan, including Pam's lovelorn ex, Kevin, descend for the twins' birthday party, Greg must prove to the sceptical Jack that he's fully capable as the man of the house. But, with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack's final test and become the family's next patriarch... or will the “circle of trust” be broken for good. This third instalment from the brilliantly funny Meet the Parents titles is as good as its predecessors, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Owen Wilson


Burlesque If you enjoyed Chicago, then this film is perfect for you. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the Burlesque Lounge, struggles to keep the ageing theatre alive, and is faced with financial and artistic challenges. Tess hires small-town girl Ali as a waitress at the Lounge in an attempt to reinvent the venue. Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends among the theatre's crew, she manages to fulfil her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction. Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci


The Tourist Frank is an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path in order to mislead all those following her former lover, Alexander Pearce, a criminal wanted in 14 countries. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Venice, Frank attempts to forge a potential romance but soon finds himself a target as he and Elise are caught in a whirlwind of intrigue and danger. The movie follows the series of manipulations, as characters realise they are merely pieces being played by an unseen mastermind of the game. Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany

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Twilight Saga: Eclipse Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob, knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. This is every bit as good as the previous Twilight films, and is sure to be on many Christmas lists. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner


Shrek Forever After Shrek is now a bored and domesticated ogre, and pacts with dealmaker Rumpelstiltskin to return to feeling like a real ogre again. However, he is duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away, where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and Fiona have never met. In this fourth instalment, Shrek sets out to restore his world and reclaim his true love. This film is going to be a great stocking-filler for the kids. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz


Inception Dom Cobb can invade people's dreams, so corporations hire him to steal business secrets from rivals' subconscious. Saito, an energy magnate, wants Cobb to do the reverse: not take information, but plant an idea in a rival's mind. In return, he'll fix problems with the US government so Cobb can return to his children. Cobb takes the near-impossible job, planning three layers of dreams within dreams. This clever drama and suspense-filled film has been long awaited for release on DVD. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page



Sex and the City 2 Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John “Mr. Big” Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. However, Carrie must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse. Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the freewheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a new boss who can't handle an intelligent, powerful woman; and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an allexpenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi. For the youngsters reading this, Sex and the City 2 is one for mum for Christmas. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon

 Action film news now… and Matt Damon has revealed that the filmmakers behind The Bourne Legacy didn't tell him they were making the fourth instalment without him. Legacy writer-director Tony Gilroy, who had a hand in all three previous Bourne pictures, penned the latest movie with a new spy to replace Jason Bourne. The Bourne Legacy is due to arrive in cinemas in 2012.  Newcomer Suraj Sharma will lead the cast of Ang Lee's Life Of Pi adaptation, 20th Century Fox has announced. The movie, which Lee will shoot in 3D in Taiwan and India early next year, is based on Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Apparently, Lee endured more than 3,000 auditions to find the actor perfect for the role. No pressure then.


Knight and Day June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent who has realised he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other. Maybe one for the men for Christmas: action and Cameron Diaz. Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace

 It seems that Michael Douglas won’t let anything keep him from acting. The Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star, who has only recently completed his prescribed medication for throat cancer, is set to play Liberace in an upcoming biopic about his life. The film also stars Matt Damon and is currently untitled. Its expected release date will be some time in 2011.  Keira Knightley and Charlize Theron are reportedly being lined up to star in competing biopics about Princess Diana. The Pathé film company wants to cast Knightley in its project about the late Princess of Wales. However, rival firm Renaissance Films is pushing ahead with a separate $30 million Diana project based on Ken Wharfe's book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret. The Renaissance project reportedly has Theron in the lead, while Ewan McGregor will play Wharfe, who served as Diana's bodyguard for eight years. The producers want to make the film as authentic as possible, and Prince Charles is rumoured to feature in a small role.  Johnny Depp has recently released tantalising insights into the new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie, the upcoming fourth instalment. The film is set to feature zombies, cutthroats, mermaids, and the vicious and vivacious Penélope Cruz. It has also been confirmed that it is due for release next May, will be shot in 3D and will be the first film in the series not to feature Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.

Quick Clips Richard Branson and Terminator Salvation director Joseph McGinty Nichol (better known as McG) will team up to make a movie about Christopher Columbus. The project will tell the story of Columbus's exploration of the American continents using a visual style similar to 300. Branson is set to produce the movie through his Virgin Produced company alongside McG and Relativity Media.  Filming for The Hangover 2 is well underway, with release expected in May 2011. The original characters from The Hangover are all reprising their roles. Mel Gibson was set to cameo as a Bangkok tattoo artist, but has been replaced by Liam Neeson. It has been reported that he was cut out of the film after cast and crew members expressed their displeasure. I never knew Gibson was so disliked in Hollywood.

heritage, so he decides to take him for a visit to Pakistan. The story of Sajid is actually based on writer Ayub Khan Din's childhood and is due for release in February 2011.

 Danny DeVito will voice The Lorax in the upcoming Dr. Seuss adaptation. The 3D animation centres on the stumpy character complaining about the destruction of a forest around him. Zac Efron will play a young boy, Ted, who goes in search of a character obsessed with chopping down trees. Veteran actress Betty White will play Ted's grandmother. The Office’s Ed Helms and The Hangover’s Rob Riggle will voice the film’s villains. The Lorax is due for release in March 2012.

 Robert Downey Jr. may be leaving upcoming film Gravity, a sci-fi adventure set in space. Downey, who signed on for Gravity earlier this year, will possibly have to pull out of the project due to the numerous other films on his schedule, including Sherlock Holmes 2, The Avengers and Iron Man 3. The film has already suffered a number of setbacks. At one point, Angelina Jolie was attached to Gravity, but she eventually decided to leave the project. Natalie Portman replaced her, but she too left. Sandra Bullock was recently cast in the film's lead role as an astronaut who tries to return to her daughter on Earth after her space station is destroyed. Gravity is currently in pre-production, with shooting expected to begin in January.

 Fans of Alan Partridge will be excited to hear that there are currently discussions of a film being brought out next year. Steve Coogan has admitted it is all in the very early stages at the moment, but he is looking forward to the prospect of a feature film about his character.

 Anyone who loved 1999 comedy East is East will be pleased to hear that they are releasing a sequel, West is West. The film is set in 1975, four years after the story in the first film. Father George Khan is worried that his youngest son, Sajid, now 15, is turning his back on his Pakistani

 PETA has reportedly offered to pay part of Lindsay Lohan's rehab bill if she becomes a vegan. The organisation has promised to fund up to £12,546 of the star's £31,366 bill for her threemonth stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. PETA would hand Lohan £6,273 up-front for giving up milkshakes and hamburgers while in rehab. She would receive the other £6,273 if she pledged to live a vegan lifestyle for at least one year following her release. Lohan is scheduled to leave rehab next month.  After last month’s revelation of a third Men in Black film, it has been confirmed that Nicole Scherzinger will feature in Men In Black 3. Scherzinger has been offered a cameo in the movie, and has confirmed her involvement. Not to spoil the plot for everyone, but she has reported the best thing about her character is that she dies. Some would say that’s not such a successful film debut.  Talk about a big spender… The budget for Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider: The Spirit Of Vengeance has reportedly been reduced by $60 million! The Marvel sequel had initially been handed a $135 million production budget but has now seen it slashed to $75 million. Returning star Nicolas Cage has been forced to take a pay cut from $12 million to $7 million. It seems like even movie stars have been hit by the recession. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m




Single Tracks JUSTIN BIEBER and KATY PERRY are collaborating with nail care company OPI for their own personalised nail polish collections. Justin is launching the One Less Lonely Girl collection featuring six shades inspired by his hit songs and personality. The Katy Perry Collection features four colours named after songs from her latest album, Teenage Dream, including a Black Shatter topcoat formula, which creates a cracked pattern when applied on top of colour. JADE EWEN, one of the girls from the Sugababes, has revealed that their new album has an “organic” sound. Their new material is going to be written by themselves and be 16

more “vocally driven” than their last LP, Sweet 7. Ewen also added that they are not working with famous producers on the record in a bid to stand out in the charts.

It appears that not all is rosy in Tinseltown, as there seems to be an epidemic of separations. It has been reported that CHRISTINA AGUILERA and her husband have gone separate ways; and COURTNEY COX and DAVID ARQUETTE have also split. STEVEN SPIELBERG is rumoured to be producing a movie about the ‘70s band the BEE GEES. Robin Gibb, who performed in the group with his twin Maurice and their older brother Barry, has hinted that

some very important people are showing interest in the proposed Bee Gees film. It is said to depict their life story in the music business and in the public eye. This Christmas could see another campaign against an X Factor Christmas number one. A Facebook campaign is championing a 1952 track by American artist JOHN CAGE entitled 4.33, which is purely four minutes and thirty-three seconds of complete silence. LADY GAGA’s popularity just isn’t faltering… Not only was she placed second in Entertainment Weekly’s top 50 Most Powerful Entertainers behind JOHNNY DEPP and seventh in Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, she is now the only artist to have over one billion hits on YouTube. It seems that endorsing has been taken to the limit. JLS have put their name to a range of condoms, Just Love Safe. To be fair to them, it is all for a good cause, with all money raised being donated to their own safe sexpromoting charity The JLS Foundation, but it seems that there are only so many ways to ethically raise money and awareness, and I’m not sure this is one of them. For all you rap fans out there: JAY-Z and KANYE WEST have announced plans to release a collaborative record. West, who co-produced Jay-Z’s The Blueprint in 2001, confirmed rumours that the pair will put out a full album instead of a shorter EP, which was suggested earlier this year. So far five songs have already been put together, with an expected release of early next year. British heartthrob ROBERT PATTINSON is crossing over from film into music. The Twilight Saga star has been recording songs in the studio, and also turned down a record deal from Mr. Simon Cowell! His music is said to be acoustic and rocky so, unfortunately for some of us, there’s going to be no dance routines for us to drool over. CHARLOTTE CHURCH is back in the limelight now promoting her new album Back to Scratch. However, it’s not where you might expect. The operaturned-pop star has been promoting on shopping channel

CULTURAL CORNER QVC. The reason behind this? She saw it as the best way to promote her album without being asked about her personal life. This is certainly an alternative outlet for promotion, but Church wants people to focus on her music career and to protect her children. She will also be touring throughout the country this month. Last month saw SHAKIRA performing her latest single in a car park. The Gypsy singer made a surprise stop on her world tour after a show to perform in a parking lot. The star performed her new single Loca with two dancers on top of a car to promote her new album Sal el Sol. We all know that Christmas is upon us when the Coca-Cola advert graces our screens. This year sees Grammy Award-winning rockers TRAIN writing the latest campaign music. The band have penned Shake Up Christmas for the latest ad spots, featuring

iconic traditional Coca-Cola imagery such as Santa Claus, the Christmas caravan delivery trucks and the Coca-Cola polar bear. MICHAEL BUBLE seems like the guy to see in concert at the moment. Not only is he a great performer (and a bit of dish) but he also likes to connect to his fans. Recently, the singer invited a member of his audience to sing with him at a London concert, and has insisted that this is one of the reasons he’s had such success in the music business. SHIRLEY MANSON has confirmed that she is working on new material with her former band GARBAGE. The singer, who announced her retirement from music in 2008 in order to focus on her acting career, has claimed that the group are currently recording their first album in five years. The band’s last studio album Bleed Like Me was released in 2005, and was followed by greatest hits record Absolute Garbage in 2007. Manson had previously said she was

reconsidering a return to music after performing at the funeral of her friends’ son. That’s a little bit morbid, but whatever inspires the stars of today. The daughter of Will and Jada Pinket Smith is gearing up to release her first album. WILLOW SMITH, the nine-year-old star (no that isn’t a typo), is preparing an upbeat hiphop/R&B album that will be released in the UK early next year. Let’s hope the pint-sized star doesn’t succumb to showbiz like the rest of today’s young stars. If you were one of the lucky ones (like me!) to get your hands on TAKE THAT tickets last month, you should count your blessings. The guys sold one million tickets within 30 minutes, which was twice as much demand for tickets as MICHAEL JACKSON’S This Is It shows. There is speculation that this will be their last ever tour, meaning that it may be the last time you see the quintet perform. Fingers crossed that this rumour isn’t true.

Five New CD Releases

one Natasha Bedingfield – Strip Me NATASHA BEDINGFIELD seems to have been out of the limelight for quite some time recently, but now she’s back with her new album Strip Me. She is staying true to her roots, with a combination of up-tempo pop mixed with R&B, but the Unwritten star has admitted this album will be more mature and highlight the rawness of her voice.

two Jessica Simpson – Happy Christmas Lately JESSICA SIMPSON seems to have been in the press more for her weight struggles than her music. But now she’s back, with her new Christmas album Happy Christmas. The singer, who recently fronted VH1 series The Price Of Beauty, revealed the news via her Twitter page after her friend created a “winter wonderland” office for her at her Beverly Hills home. Look out for that from the beginning of this month.

three Duffy – Endlessly This is DUFFY’S second album, and has been recorded in New York and London. After the immense success of her previous album, this record will no doubt need to be a great one in order to top Rockferry. However, I have every faith that it will be. Her soulful voice will again shine through this album, and will be a fantastic Christmas present.

four Motorhead – The World is Yours The World is Yours will be MOTORHEAD’S 20th studio album. This 10-track LP stays true to their heavy metal roots and will be quintessentially British, being written and recorded in the south of the UK. They will also be touring throughout this month to promote the album, so if you don’t have tickets yet snap them up as soon as you can before they sell out.

five Bob Marley – Live Forever The original live recording of the final live performance by the legendary king of reggae, BOB MARLEY, is now being released on CD. Bob’s final show was at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh in 1980, three decades ago; and the original live recording was captured on tape and has been preserved and re-mastered for this 30th anniversary album. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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WHAT IS YOUR DEADLY SIN? Internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Stephen Webster presents the exquisite fine jewellery couture collection The Seven Deadly Sins. Fabulously decadent, each of the seven beautifully hand-crafted cocktail rings portrays one of the oldest and darkest Christian teachings, The Seven Deadly Sins. Stunningly set with a selection of exotic gemstones including tanzanite, peridot, fire opal, aquamarine, amethyst, red garnet and diamonds. The Seven Deadly Sins are a whimsical, stylised depiction of the ancient vices: Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony and Sloth. The Seven Deadly Sins collection will be limited to seven sets of seven rings only and will be available from Stephen Webster boutiques from this month (December). Prices range from £15,000 to £98,000.

Lust The inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body… you can't help but wonder what those monks were taking when this one became one of the magnificent seven.

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Gluttony We've all been there. Before you know it the belt had to be loosened and you could kick yourself - but boy it tasted so good.

Punishment in hell: Force-fed something yummy. Sin ring: The fire opal looks good enough to eat and the ring has its mouth full.

Pride One minute we are encouraged to take pride in our work and believe in ourselves. The next thing it's all become vanity. You just can't win.

Punishment in hell: Brought down a peg or two. Sin ring: A peacock strut of amethyst, sapphire and titanium.

Envy Just because other people are richer, smarter, better dressed and more attractive, you should turn a green blind eye.

Punishment in hell: sharing a room with Megan Fox. Sin ring: Four green eyes, a magnificent peridot and a panoramic view of the competition. 22


Wrath It's a fine line between love and hate, especially when people around you can be so irritating

Punishment in hell: A good spanking. Sin ring: A rush of blood to the head, red garnet, rose gold and a great manicure.

Greed How is one supposed to make ends meet? It's each for themselves out there - dog eat dog. That cushion of cash is the only way to life's little luxuries.

Punishment in hell: Drowned in vintage champagne. Sin ring: Just diamonds and cash for a rainy day.

Sloth Sometimes that bed is so cosy and soft. Outside is cold and wet. Before you know what's happened it's time to transfer to the chaise to catch up with Mad Men. Who can blame you?

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The Inspiration “In the context of the 21st Century, the seven deadly sins may not be admirable but they are no longer considered punishable by death,” commented Stephen Webster. “And, whilst everyone knows what each of the sins represents, not everyone knows the individual punishments administered in hell by the old devil himself, or that each sin is characterised by a luminous colour. The time felt right to revisit the original sins; but this time with the addition of seven defining pieces of jewellery.” The Society Living team cannot pick a favourite ring. We want them ALL… but then, that would make us GREEDY. Wouldn't it? Stephen Webster Frontline Puerto Banús Tel. (+34) 952 816 976 24


CHIC HAPPENS... Sierra Style This month Society Living teamed up with top model Lisa Renilson and renowned photographer Saud Rifat, to give you Sierra Nevada, huskies and some of the best winter fashion for the festive season.



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Jacket – Fashion Villa ¤739 Trousers – Fashion Villa ¤215 Boots – Elle Morgan ¤245 Hat – Fashion Villa ¤350 Ring – Stephen Webster

Photographer: Saud Rifat Art Director: Carolina Verdion Make-up Artist: Nuria Kandi First Assistant: Gonzalo Botet Model: Lisa Renilson from Casting Marbella, Tel. 952 765 018 Editorial Coordination: Laura-Jane Bruce

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The power of a woman Eighteen years after Angel and five years after the extraordinary Alien, Thierry Mugler is saluting femininity. Named Womanity, the fragrance is a symbol of feminine power: a link, a positive energy shared by all women, a way for women to connect. This is an eau de parfum like no other, celebrating the diversity of styles and femininity… a unique, sweet, salty, woody creation. I found Womanity sweet, but not too sweet – it's heady and it's definitely got a lot of personality.

We can make your Christmas shopping a doddle with the best of the beauty gifts – in all price ranges. There are even some products to help you prepare for that important mistletoe kiss!

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Marks and Spencer’s Busy But Beautiful beauty gift set is a range of body-beautiful, must-have products to help keep your skin feeling fabulous. The five-part set includes a 50ml shower cream, 50ml body polish, 50ml body lotion and 10ml lip gloss, and an eye mask. I am also totally in love with the kitsch packaging – not what you would expect from M&S at all. This collection of beauty essentials is ideal whether you're at home or away. You can always be glam!


Iconic beauty Bring glamour back this season with Revlon’s Fire and Ice range. A take on the collection of 1952, this saucy scarlet was one of the most iconic campaigns in advertising history and featured the first ever model, Dorian Leigh. Revlon have re-created the original ad campaign with Mario Testino and Jessica Biel – and it’s smoking hot. Red lipstick usually washes me out, but this red has just the right amount of blue and orange in it to be pretty much universal. Did I feel like a ‘50s bombshell while applying it? You bet I did.

The naked palette This is how Urban Decay do neutral! Far from a group of boring beige shadows, this long, lean, seductive case is packed with TWELVE gorgeous neutrals. Shades range from delicate champagnes to dark, gritty gunmetal, and feature five new shades with names such as Darkhorse, Virgin and Buck. They have also included a range of textures: everything from glitter to shimmer to matte. Another one to be added to my list for Father Christmas.

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Look into my eyes A highlight this autumn was the launch of Star by Julien Macdonald, created exclusively for Debenhams by the internationally renowned fashion designer. For ladies who love the spotlight try these fun, pink and black feather, quirky party lashes to add a striking look to any LBD.

Benefit is one of my favourite brands, so if I do not see this gift set sitting under my Christmas tree I am not going to be a happy bunny. Be warned, boyfriend! Some Beauty To Love is a limited-edition set of four Benefit "lusthaves" in a collectible, purse-shaped box. This kit is the perfect gift for the beauty-obsessed (me) and includes an array of face-brightening products: one full-size Coralista coral-pink cheek powder; one full-size Eye Bright instant eye brightener; and deluxe minis of That Gal brightening face primer and BADgal Lash mascara. Believe me, after too many late nights and way too many mince pies, That Gal will be your Christmas lifesaver.

Perfect your pucker for the holiday season A unique holiday gift set… mix and match these Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 duos so you'll never be without your favourite shades. The moisture-rich hues, with eight hours of lasting shine, are Air Kiss, Bamboo Pink, Bonfire, Juicy Apple, Kissyfit and Mystic. I will be using Kissyfit to lure my man under the mistletoe.

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The 12 Healthy Days of Christmas One of the world's leading personal trainers, Matt Roberts is responsible for creating some of the most famous physiques… including Tom Ford, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano and Amanda Holden.


ounting calories is not always the best way to lose weight. However, understanding the energy content of the food and drink you consume, as well as knowing how effective certain forms of exercise are for you, is a good start. Imagine your body as a set of measuring scales – eat too much energy and you tip the scales and store it as fat. There is only one way to remedy this: burn more calories by increasing activity and make sensible food choices (sometimes hard over the holiday period). To get through the festive season without adding inches to your waistline, you need to balance the calories going in and out. Try these tips to help balance your body so that you don’t have to work twice as hard. Here are 12 healthy tips to help you build up to the big day…


HEALTH & FITNESS Day 1: 14 December Go out for a moderate walk for an hour. Calorie saving: 200 calories.

Day 2: 15 December Swap all juices, teas and coffees for water or green tea. Calorie saving: 300 calories.

Day 3: 16 December Perform 20 minutes of cardiovascular interval training (20 seconds at a high intensity followed by 40 seconds at an active recovery pace). You can choose any cardio-vascular exercise, such as running or cycling. Calorie saving: 300-400 calories.

Day 4: 17 December Join a gym and have a workout – a lot of gyms will even give you a free personal training session when you start. If you already have a membership why not ask for a session with a trainer to refresh your programme. Calorie saving: 500-600 calories.

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Day 7: 20 December Perform 20 minutes of cardiovascular interval training (one minute high intensity followed by one minute at a recovery pace). Calorie saving: 300-400 calories.

Day 8: 21 December Swap your chocolate brownies and mince pies for a piece of fruit such as an orange or apple. Calorie saving: 200 calories.

Day 5: 18 December

Day 9: 22 December

Focus on filling your evening meal with green vegetables rather than pasta or rice. Calorie saving: 200 calories

Perform 30 minutes of body-weight resistance exercises such as squats, lunges and press-ups. Calorie saving: 300 calories.

Day 6: 19 December Treat yourself – have a mince pie! Calorie saving: 250 calories.

Day 10: 23 December Avoid snacking on crisps or biscuits in the evening! Calorie saving: 150 calories.

Day 11: 24 December Time for a final calorie burn… Start with 30 minutes of resistance exercises such as squats, lunges and press-ups. Perform 20 minutes of cardiovascular interval training (20 seconds hard followed by 40 seconds easy). Go out for a moderate walk for 30 minutes and finish with a full body stretch. Calorie saving: 650 calories.

Day 12: 25 December Well done! By doing all of these things you have saved yourself over 3,000 calories, which gives you an extra day of eating so you can relax and enjoy Christmas Day. With the exercise and nutrition changes you have made over the past 12 days you are ready to enjoy yourself – all of the tips you have tried are things that you can carry into your everyday life after Christmas so you can feel fit and fabulous throughout the New Year.

Matt Roberts Personal Training offers bespoke programmes to help you lose weight, get fit and perform better. For more details: Tel. (+34) (0) 207 491 9989;

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HOT OFF THE PRESS The Coast’s premier dry cleaning specialists Hot off the Press are the first British dry cleaners and laundry service to set up on the Costa del Sol. They have an in-house service for cleaning and alterations, and supply their own tailoress, who is in-store every morning. The staff believe that the art of a top-class finish is in the pressing, and to that end they offer over 30 years experience in the dry cleaning and pressing service industry. Not only do they cater for everyday dry cleaning and altering needs, but they also specialise in silk, linen, leather, suede and wedding garments, so even your most delicate items are taken care of. Hot off the Press handle designer clothes daily with ease, including Escada, Stella McCartney, Versace and Hugo Boss, to name just a few. Even household products can be cleaned. They offer an expert rug cleaning service with an optional collection and return service on larger orders; and a superb curtain cleaning service including optional take-down and rehanging. As is clear, the list is endless! In addition, Hot off the Press are helping to save the environment. They use a process called GreenEarth Cleaning, which is an environmentally safe dry cleaning process that replaces 38

Reflections are now stocking a fabulous range of Elemis beauty products to give your body some TLC this winter. What better way to relax this time of year than with the Exotic Spa Secrets range, which enables your body to relax, de-stress and unwind after a torturous day Christmas shopping. This decadent collection of luxurious products will rejuvenate your skin as the colder weather draws in. On the other hand, indulge your senses with the rich, spicy fragrances of cinnamon, orange and vanilla released from this candle. Perfect for warming those cold winter evenings.

petroleum-based solvents with liquid silicone, a gentle solution made from one of the earth's safest and most abundant natural resources: silica, or sand. This enables your garments to be returned not only cleaner than before but also softer and without that “dry cleaning” smell. Hot off the Press pride themselves on their service; all orders are ready for collection on time every time; a same day collection service is available with no extra charge; and great emphasis is made on communicating directly with the client’s requirements. They have become the chosen destination cleaners and liaise with a very loyal multinational clientele – often compared with Jeeves of Belgravia in London, considered the finest dry cleaners in the UK. Tel. 952 930 392;

If you’re looking for something for him for Christmas, look no further as Reflections have it covered. The Daily Men’s Grooming set is an effective daily skincare range that protects the skin from the elements. Treat yourself to something special this Christmas, or treat someone you love. Tel. 902 325 324;

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We would like to wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, and thank you for your custom over the last year.

MerryfromChristmas all the team at Bliss hair and Beauty Recently the salon has been fully decorated, giving it a brighter, fresher look. Together with the addition of some brand new equipment, this means we have been able to maintain the excellent standards we have always been known for. For this winter we have introduced some great new treatments, including sexy semi-permanent lashes and The Global Hair Taming system, commonly referred to as the "Permanent Blowdry". We have also reduced the price of Bio Sculpture overlays, also known as the “everlasting maniure”. This comes in a range of fantastic colours and can be applied to fingers or toes… ideal for Christmas time. In addition we are offering a fantastic BUY 2 GET 1 FREE on our very popular Guinot Hydradermie facials. These facials are deep-cleansing, nourishing and anti-ageing, all in one, giving the client a glowing, more youthful look. Don’t forget that this time of the year is great for making your hair colour warmer, from subtle chocolate/caramel tones for blondes to more daring plums and vibrant reds for darker hair.

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LA SALA La Sala Banús have now introduced a new menu of the day. Running in conjunction with their existing menu, the menu of the day offers fantastic quality at the unbelievably low price of €15. Dishes on the menu of the day are changed weekly, so you can enjoy a varied selection from the restaurant’s innovative and creative fusion menu, which includes only the freshest ingredients. Available Monday to Friday 1pm till 4pm. Menus are updated weekly on the La Sala Banús website: Creating all these delectable dishes and inspiring menus is head chef Diego Figueredo. Born into a family of chefs in Uruguay, he has brought his immense talent and passion for cooking to La Sala Banús, as well as being head chef at Buddha Beach during the summer. His influences come from his travels around Thailand, South America and Asia, where he discovered new and fresh ideas. Diego also worked for three years at the Michelin-star La Gabouche restaurant in New York. Here he discovered the art of perfection and now likens every dish to a piece of poetry; precision and decoration is imperative to creating the perfect dish. His signature flair of respect for fresh ingredients and passion for cooking is reflected in his dishes.

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always look forward eagerly to December and the lead-up to Christmas. It's a real fun month, the perfect opportunity to enjoy special moments with family and friends, but there is also another more serious and important aspect to this time of the year: thinking about those less privileged than us. Apart from the numerous private events where people generously raise funds for their favourite causes, there are also larger galas in December, including the Made in Italy with Love event at Gran Meliá Don Pepe on 3 December, in aid of the Fundación Cesare Scariolo; and Concordia's traditional San Nicolas dinner at Hotel Puente Romano on 6 December. In November, we raised funds for various local charities and the international Polio Plus campaign, during a gala dinner at La Meridiana to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the foundation of the Rotary Club of Marbella. There was a nice atmosphere, with a wonderful Cuban music group. Another charity I am involved with is Amsudan, which raises

REAL ESTATE IMPRESARIO, INDEFATIGABLE PARTY-GOER, PATRON OF THE ARTS, GENEROUS CHARITY SUPPORTER… KRISTINA SZEKELY IS THE QUEEN OF MARBELLA SOCIETY funds for schools and other humanitarian projects in southern Sudan. A dinner was held in Marbella last month by the organisation and once again guests enjoyed a fantastic evening, especially while helping this very worthy cause. Where there's music and dancing I'm always happy! Another event mixing business and pleasure was the Mujeres Empresarias (women entrepreneurs) lunch held at the Escuela de Hostelería Sierra Blanca in Marbella. Outside guests can enjoy lunch at the restaurant and hotel school on Wednesdays and Thursdays, for ¤16 a head, and on this occasion, for our meeting, we had a fascinating conference given by an expert on olive oil. She explained the importance of how we use oil: for example, never overheating it more than 190º;

making sure peeled potato chips are dry before we fry them; and not using the same oil for frying any more than seven times. Also very important for business networking is a planned meeting being organised by Marbella Town Hall and various businesses, including Kristina Szekely-Sotheby's International Realty, to establish a formal association of real estate companies in Marbella. As I have stressed before, If we all stick together, united we are strong, divided we are weak. On the more social side, I attended a stunning wedding party at one of Marbella's most spectacular villas. The wedding itself had actually been held in Las Vegas the week before but they had a video which they showed us – and I felt like I was part of the marriage ceremony!

Another magnificent event was a friend's birthday party in Zafra in Extremadura. He owns two hotels in the town, Hospedería Convento de la Parra and Huerta Honda, and we were delighted to be able to stay there during the two-day celebrations, which included traditional Portuguese fado music, flamenco and charanga “street musicians”. It was a lot of fun, with friends coming from Marbella, Madrid and northern Spain, and we really had the chance to let our hair down. As for business, I think we are going to have an excellent end of year. As I noted last month, people are not just talking any more but also buying, both big and small properties. There are also some great investment opportunities. One bank, for example, is selling the credit for 1,500 properties, throughout Spain, at almost onethird the price. Those taking up this offer (it has to be a minimum investment of €1 million, and arranged before the end of the year) can choose to collect the interest, like a bank; sell the credit on to a financial institution; or execute the loan if the mortgagee fails to pay. On the Coast, we have a 10,000 square metre plot in La Zagaleta, available for less than half what it cost; and two other 6,000 square metre plots, also excellent value, all three with projects. On the whole so far in 2010 there has been an improvement on last year. Easter and summer were very good – many people had a great time and want to repeat – so that should mean an excellent 2011. Easter will be later next year, towards the end of April, so that means good weather for visitors – always a great attraction. We had a good November, reflecting the fact that in this business it is often the case that it takes a few months to work through property deals before they are finally closed and settled. I have to admit I am glad the year is nearly over. We have all worked very hard to keep everything together, and I'm looking forward to making a fresh start next year. I'm happy the way things are developing now and I am quietly confident 2011 will be better. In the meantime, I wish you all an enjoyable festive season, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Aromatic and exotic cuisine... and New Year specials TEXT LAURA-JANE BRUCE PHOTOS RUTH JONES

Thai Elephant Golden Mile, Marbella Tel. 952 779 166 56


hai Elephant on the Golden Mile serves a tantalising variety of Japanese and Thai dishes. This fusion of different styles and tastes makes every visit different and interesting; not only for you as a guest, but also for your palate, as there is the chance to savour an extensive range of dishes and delicacies. One of the great pleasures of the Thai and Japanese fusion cuisine offered by Thai Elephant is the allure on the senses: mild coconut milks mixed with spices challenge the palate and the aromas circulating the restaurant tease your appetite. Their fantastic location on the Golden Mile means the restaurant is easily accessible and leaves you no excuse not to visit. There is outdoor seating available throughout the year, and the indoor seating area allows you to witness the chefs creating the dishes you have chosen. The décor transports you to Thai and Japanese culture, with umbrellas, candles and status decorating both inside and out. Society Living chose to dine inside; not only because the weather is colder now, but also to experience the restaurant's full authenticity. Smelling the aromas circling the restaurant and watching the chef creating our dishes was an enticing experience, and as soon as our food was served we dived right in. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the staff were extremely helpful, explaining everything to us about what each dish included and what ingredients were used. All of the ingredients at Thai Elephant are fresh and crisp. The fish is specially sourced in Andalucía, famous for its fresh local produce, and that is truly reflected in the textures of the dishes. On our particular visit, we were delighted to sample the special menus created for New Year's Eve. The table was busy with dishes that will be on the menu, so if you like what you see and read here be sure to visit Thai Elephant so if you like what you see and read here, be sure to visit Thai Elephant. To celebrate New Year with Thai Elephant, you have two set menus from which to choose. The first is €69 and includes Tom Yam Kung soup, a

range of five starters, a selection of one of two mains, dessert, a bottle of red or white wine to share between two and a complimentary glass of cava for when midnight arrives. The second menu costs €89 and includes the same as the previous one, but with an extra starter of Yakudza, a selection of sushi. Tom Yam Kung is a spicy soup with prawns and Thai spices. Don't be fooled by the name though as the spices weren't at all overpowering; they mixed perfectly with the ingredients in the soup and teased the palate. The selection of starters we were fortunate enough to sample came in abundance: Satay Kai, grilled marinated chicken, which was succulent and served with a rich peanut sauce; Poh Pia, Thai spring rolls that were crunchy and crisp; Kung Tod, prawns in a crispy batter served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce; Tod Man Maiz; and Yum Wunsen, chicken tossed in lemon juice with a Thai dressing. All dishes were delectable and full of exotic flavours. As we were sampling the €89 menu, we were also able to taste the sushi platter, which was beautifully decorated and included salmon, squid and tuna. Fused with an accompaniment of pickled ginger and wasabi, the dish was delightfully tasty and cleansed the palate ready for our main. The first choice was Pla Chu Chi: steamed hake tossed with a rich red curry and coconut milk. The dish was served with jasmine rice, which was fragrant and light. Steaming the hake made it melt-in-the mouth delicious. The other option was Ped Savoey: fried duck in a tamarin sauce – moist and succulent. Both dishes were perfect and I don't know how I would choose between them. For dessert: a mixed Thai platter full of exotic and colourful fruits, which rounded the meal off perfectly. To accompany the meal, Thai Elephant will be providing music and the usual New Year's Eve extravaganza. Their friendly service and luscious dishes will certainly start you off to a great 2011.



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Terra Sana Golden Mile

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ast month we were thrilled at the prospect of visiting Terra Sana and savouring their mouth-watering dishes. With locations all over the Costa del Sol, Terra Sana is reliable, always serves up great food and offers a relaxed atmosphere for guests to enjoy their dining experience. Terra Sana is a favourite with young and old, men and women, for intimate dates or gatherings of friends; and you are guaranteed to run into someone you know (which is exactly what happened when we visited). For this review we visited Terra Sana Nueva Andalucía, located opposite the Casino and nestled in between various fashion boutiques. This chic area of Marbella is the perfect setting for Terra Sana, as its stylish status is mirrored perfectly in the surrounding “neighbours”. Terra Sana has established itself as a familiar restaurant among Spaniards and expats alike – and rightly so. Describing it as familiar in no way means boring! Half-Spanish, half-French head chef Adriano Castagnet conjures up different specials every day, and on our particular visit a few of the

Terra Sana Restaurant Golden Mile, Marbella Tel. 952 777 480 Nueva Andalucía, Marbella Tel. 952 906 205 58

special dishes we savoured had actually sold out that afternoon, so we were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to try them. With Zuma Restaurant in London as a previous employer, Adriano strives to continually create new, fresh dishes daily. Managers Richard Svensson (Nueva Andalucia and Mik Sweeney (Golden Mile) also add their own characteristic touch. Mik is all about good music and good food; and Richard is passionate about good service. If asked to describe Terra Sana’a cuisine, the best way to encompass all the flavours and dishes on the delectable menu would be “Mediterranean and health fusion”. Vibrant colours and clear flavours are recurrently present on this inspiring menu. The new vision of Terra Sana is to create innovative, organic dishes daily, while ensuring it is still in keeping with the core values that we all know and love. In addition to creative dishes and second-tonone service, Terra Sana also offers cooking classes for the public. There are three types of classes: one for adults who want to create fresh, healthy food; another for children who want to have fun and experiment in the kitchen; and the VIP, starting in 2011, Cooking Club, where chefs from the best restaurants in London are brought to Terra Sana every month. The idea here is to form a bridge between fashionable London and stylish Marbella.

Together with these cooking classes, Terra Sana also offers live music to accompany your meal. The Golden Mile establishment has live soulful music on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays to coincide with its new Sunday roast offerings from 12pm to 5pm. On this occasion, whilst digesting the delicious menu and trying to decide what to order, we were served Romanian-style smoked aubergine dip with crispy tortilla chips, which was perfect to keep any hunger pangs at bay; as well as a selection of vibrant juices and smoothies. Shortly after we were served our starters, which the chef had selected especially for us. To begin, we were served a vast assortment of starters, each different from its predecessor. Firstly, Swedish meatballs with pickles and berries were devoured enthusiastically, and we all agreed that the combination of the sweetness of the berries and the savoury tastes of the meatballs and the creamy sauce worked together perfectly. Secondly, mirin-glazed chicken wings with salt and lime were the perfect accompaniment; the mix of sticky, sweet and salty was absolutely delicious. Next was a mixed tempura of prawns, squid, avocado and onions, complemented with a lime aioli, which was deliciously light and fresh. Our final starter was tuna tataki with cherries, broccoli and an assorted sauce. The tuna was moist, soft and succulent, and left the palate wanting more. Our selection of mains included sirloin beef served on basmati rice with a rich soy sauce, which was tender and juicy. Secondly, tom-yum muscles swimming in coconut milk and ginger, lemongrass and coriander. Next we dined on a few of Terra Sana’s trusty favourites: the “infamous” Terra Sana salad made with avocado,

The Original California Wrap

The Almighty Swedish Meatballs

Special Tuna Tataki

feta cheese, dates and a summer herb Terra Sana Nueva Andalucia dressing, all the freshest ingredients; and the “Original Californian Chicken Wrap”, which was accompanied with potato wedges. The varied ingredients used in both dishes ensured that the different textures teased the palate. If that wasn’t enough, two desserts were then brought to our table: a mouth-watering “Mamma’s Carrot Cake” and a light “NYC-style” cheesecake. The carrot cake was moist and rich and the seasonal berry compote that accompanied the lemon cheesecake offered a lovely marriage of flavours. Both desserts were beautifully presented. From our visit, it was obvious that the attentive staff have a passion for the food they are serving and the chefs put their heart and soul into creating every dish. If you are looking for something different this Christmas, why not visit Terra Sana in Nueva Andalucía or on the Golden Mile. They have a selection of fourcourse Christmas and New Years menus, starting from ?22 per person, and all include a complimentary glass of wine. To tantalise your taste buds… dishes on the menus include salmon ceviche with avocado and sweet potatoes; grilled sea bass with potatoes gnocci, broad beans and stir-fried artichokes; grilled lamb cotelettes with spiced prunes maki, mint peas and toasted almonds; and a dark chocolate fondant with berries and ice cream. These menus are available from 1 December for bookings of a minimum of 20 guests. So gather all your closest friends and celebrate the yuletide at Terra Sana. With new management and exciting refurbishments planned, Terra Sana is back for an exciting new era and looking forward to continually providing fantastic service. We cannot wait to see what Terra Sana brings next.



A romantic haven of luxury and pampering WORDS EMMA MARIA LANDBERG PHOTOS RUTH JONES


ast month my partner and I had the fantastic opportunity of enjoying a romantic getaway at the renowned fivestar Finca Cortesín, nestled in idyllic countryside between Estepona and Sotogrande. Full of excitement and anticipation we headed from Marbella in the direction of Sotogrande, eventually turning off the N340 coastal highway towards Casares where, after a short drive inland, we found Finca Cortesín without any difficulty. Located in beautiful gardens on a championship golf course and surrounded by 215 hectares of picturesque countryside, this exclusive resort offers the choice of staying in the grandeur of the hotel or in an enchanting villa or luxurious apartment, with superb fine dining experiences, a spa and wellness centre and, of course, golf. Finca Cortesín defines the traditional Mediterranean and Andalucian lifestyle, combined with cutting edge amenities and modernity, all surrounded by luxuriant natural beauty. On our arrival we were greeted in the most friendly manner by the lovely hotel staff, making us feel very special even as we walked through the door. Our 24-hour Finca Cortesín experience had just begun! We were taken to our room and on the way had a brief tour of the surroundings - all very impressive. We settled into our beautiful executive suite with a spectacular view of the huge outdoor pool, the countryside and the sea - with all the

comforts of a five-star hotel, as well as the additional little touches that made our stay absolutely memorable. These extras included the artistic gourmet chocolate plant that greeted us, prepared by the in-house pastry chefs and courtesy of the everhospitable general manager Rene Zimmer. We slipped into complimentary fluffy bathrobes and headed for the spa and wellness centre, where we experienced a couple's massage, relaxing us both immediately. The staff are highly experienced and professional, offering an elaborate menu of various luxurious treatments. They can tailormake the treatments for your special occasion, such as the ultimate indulgence of a private couple's candlelit aroma bath with champagne and strawberries, or even the finest caviar followed by various treatments in the twin room. All of which makes your visit to the spa a true body, mind and soul experience. The spa facilities include: six individual treatment rooms and one double room, all equipped with heated floors and stretchers; saunas; Turkish baths with aromatherapy; a plunge pool at 10 degrees; Spain's first snow cave at minus 25 degrees; and a heated 25-metre swimming pool. The wellness facilities include: paddle tennis and tennis courts; a grass football field; and a state-of-the-art gymnasium, Designed by renowned architect Cabell B. Robinson, the golf course is now home to the Volvo World Match Play Championship, the


venue for other internationalcalibre tournaments and ideal for players of all levels. After our massages and a quick dip in the huge heated indoor pool we returned to freshen up in our room before heading to the grand lobby, where guests were sipping champagne while listening to the pianist. We settled down in the luscious sofas in the bar area, where we were introduced to a world of exquisite aperitifs by Al, the knowledgeable and friendly barman. He recommended that we start our evening with a lovely sherry martini, which had a nice Andalucian touch to it, and a Kyoto martini made with yuzu liqueur, sake and vodka (and a few secret ingredients thrown in). They went down a treat! Finca Cortesín offers various dining options including Schilo with its auteur cuisine; El Jardín de Victor with its specialised “garden of Mediterranean” cuisine; and the Don Giovanni Italian restaurant. On this occasion, we chose El Jardín, which had recently teamed up with Victor (from Victor's in Guadalmina) and was focusing on new menu additions featuring quality produce and the concept of traditional Andalucian fine dining. Head chef Paco Corales has been cooking Mediterranean specialities for the last 25 years, and food and beverage manager Luis Ureña is an expert on Spanish wine. We started our dining experience with pistachio cold cream consisting of sautéed pineapple and mango topped with prawn carpaccio, and a carrot crackling twist (gorgeous) accompanied by a glass of rosé cava. This was followed by a fresh seafood platter of langoustines, Dublin Bay prawns

and shrimps - all simple, fresh, high-quality local produce with a superb taste. We also tried some beautiful artichokes stuffed with meat and topped with a slice of foie gras which were delicious. For mains we opted for a classic oxtail (chef's style) and oven-baked red-banded sea bream, exclusive to the Andalucian region. The oxtail - a house speciality - was superb; and the sea bream was fresh, and beautifully flavoured and presented. Accompanying our main course was a Pago de Cirsus chardonnay, a beautiful Spanish Navarra wine; and a 2006 Los Aguilares red from our very own Ronda area - a tempranillo cabernet sauvignon (quite heavy but delicious).

For dessert we had a crème brûlée, a chocolate sponge cake with a hot melted centre and a raspberry coulis, and assorted pastries. The dessert wine was a fabulous sweet Par Vino de Naranja from Huelva. The dining atmosphere is relaxed elegance, and once again the staff made us feel very special. Then it was back to the bar where Al treated us to some spectacular tricks, doing a “Jesus in reverse” by turning wine into water right in front of our eyes! We finished off the evening with a classic Alexander with fresh nutmeg sprinkles and a raspberry mojito. After a good night's sleep in our super king-sized bed with crisp sheets and duck-down duvet, we had a bubble bath in our room and headed to breakfast, where we were served a warm home-made bakery basket of country bread, croissants, Danish pastries, brioche and toast with preserves, fresh cheese, jamón ibérico and a fruit salad. There was also a choice of various hot dishes - we opted for Eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs with salmon (the diet starts now!). For the privileged few, various properties are available for sale in this beautiful resort. Then you would never have to leave! In our case, we left with big smiles on our faces and a spark of romance rekindled. If you are looking for a special getaway - your own little piece of paradise - you will find it at Finca Cortesín.

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he Costa del Sol might be best known for sun, beaches and glamorous parties but it is also a paradise for discerning foodies who delight in fine cuisine. This special monthly section features the latest restaurant and gastronomic news from along the coast.



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Something different for Christmas In December, Nermans Restaurant Bistro and Bar are introducing their special Sunday hot pots for lunch, replacing the traditional Sunday roast. This entails a delicious selection of finger food, followed by country-style hot pots, which reflects their philosophy of fancy home cooking. Also throughout December, they are offering special lunch and dinner menus for parties of a minimum of six people, which includes home-made mulled wine and a three-course meal. Also included are a selection of wines, water and coffee. Over the yuletide period, Nermans are offering a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet on Christmas Eve, a traditional English

Christmas Day lunch and spectacular New Year's Eve celebrations. Nermans Restaurant Bistro Bar's website is updated frequently with photos, a la carte menus and weekly lunch menus.

combinations of topquality and tasteful ingredients, all featuring an original presentation. Another new dish for the Christmas season is steamed vieiras (scallops) in a ginger and chive sauce, garnished with glass noodles (€13 a plate). More information and reservations: Tel 952 816 100;

POYNESIAN'S Celebrating the festive season in style The Polynesian's Cocktail Bar & Restaurant is the only one of its kind on the Costa del Sol – with a décor and cuisine evoking the old South Pacific colony. Located in a privileged setting, this luxurious and exotic establishment is 62

surrounded by pools and tropical gardens. In short: the ideal place to enjoy a magical and intimate moment. Polynesian's begins the new season from December with the launch of a selection of tapas with a light oriental touch, following the restaurant's traditional line of exquisite culinary creations. The tapas comprise novel

GARUM Cheesecake festival… and special menus into the New Year


Garum are continuing their Cheesecake Festival until 12 December, so that those who missed out in November – or who want to repeat the experience – can enjoy these delicious dishes throughout the lead up to Christmas. There is a selection of 39 different cheesecakes: cheesecake tapas, savoury cheesecakes, and cheesecake milkshakes and cocktails. One piece of advice though: don't try to taste them all in one sitting! Garum is also the perfect venue for private functions, as they have a separate conference room for workshops, meetings, exhibitions, celebrations, etc. In addition, they offer a catering service and live music entertainment in the evenings. For the Christmas period, Garum are offering special set menus. For Christmas Eve there is a special Scandinavian-style dinner menu for €32, as well as the normal a la carte menu; on Christmas Day, from 1 to 5pm, they offer a cosmopolitan and Scandinavian-style buffet for €38; and to celebrate New Year, from 7.30pm, they have laid out a special menu of 10 courses including drinks, for €128 (or non-alcoholic menu for €95). They also offer their traditional hangover lunch from 1 until 6pm on 1 January 1 so that, however late a night you might have had, you can still come along and savour their ever-popular traditional and newly created dishes. More information and reservations (open 365 days a year): Tel. 952 858 858;

Bollywood Restaurant and Bar offers a unique dining experience, serving innovative Indian cuisine in an elegant and stylish setting, situated in the heart of Nueva Andalucia minutes from Famous Puerto Banus and Aloha Golf courses. Visit us and discover our seasonal offers.

SPECIAL OFFER: Enjoy a free bottle of wine with all meals above 20€. Offer ends 15th December For more information on our offers check us out on Facebook.

Avenida del Prado Local 4 Edificio Picaso, Aloha 29660 Nueva Andalucia. For Take-away, Home Delivery and Reservations please contact:

Tel: +34 952 906 748 Mobile: +34 617 515 385







Location: Centro Plaza Tel. 952 818 861 BUDDHA BEACH Location: Urb. Marina Villa A prized location and lively (beachside) atmosphere make this a great Tel. 952 813 882 Luxurious Balinese setting with choice all-round. al fresco restaurant serving an appetising selection of dishes NERMAN’S RESTAURANT ranging from fresh seafood plat- AND BISTRO BAR ters to Thai fusion cuisine, sushi, Location: Avenida del Prado Tel. 952 815 398 creative salads and lighter dishes. A “snack and wrap” Sumptuous home cooking in a menu can be enjoyed from relaxed atmosphere, with Buddha’s beach beds. attentive staff and good value for money. LA SALA BANÚS Location: Calle Belmonte POLYNESIAN’S Tel. 952 814 145 RESTAURANT AND Open from 10am to midnight, COCKTAIL BAR Location: Urb. La Alcazaba seven days a week, La Sala offers eight individually-styled Tel. 952 816 100 settings to suit whatever mood you are in – for breakfast, lunch, Exotic fusion of tropical and dinner, afternoon drinks with oriental cuisine, with indoor or al FROM TRADITIONAL MEDITERRANEAN TO A WIDE SELECTION fresco dining, relaxing ambience friends, evening cocktails or OF INTERNATIONAL CUISINE private business meetings. A set and Chinese wood-fired oven lunch menu from Monday to specialities. Friday is available for ?15 for TERRA SANA two courses; and SAN ROQUE WEST OF SAN PEDRO PUERTO BANÚS complimentary valet parking is Location: near Andalucía Plaza Tel. 952 906 205 available from 10am. Oriental Italian Italian Renowned for its tasty and healthy dishes. BUBLÉS KAMAKURA LA PAPPARDELLA MACCHERONI Location: Plaza Antonio Location: golf resort Location: Laguna Village Location: Jardines del Puerto Banderas, TIBV Tel. 956 646 575 Tel. 952 807 354 Tel. 951 703 175 Tel. 606 070 979 Considered one of the finest Popular Italian restaurant group Fashionable pizzeria serving Superb international cuisine and Japanese restaurants in Spain. which made its mark in London authentic Italian specialities. and Puerto Banús. Extensive list Takeaway available. Open every cocktails in stunning Balinese roof terrace setting. of dishes made using finest night from 8pm. SOTOGRANDE Italian ingredients, and great NUEVA ANDALUCÍA service. A fine dining experience Oriental International in chic, luxurious surroundings. International

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Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 793 333 Chic venue ideal for watching the world pass by with snacks and full meals.



Location: Crta. de Ronda Tel. 952 812 794 Creative inexpensive cuisine, in elegant surroundings including stunning garden setting .

Location: Frontline port Tel. 956 790 390 Lively Irish bar and restaurant with well-priced snacks and full dishes – fun ambience and live music evenings.

CASARES International SCHILO Location: Ctra. de Casares Tel. 952 937 800 Gourmet Asian-fusion cuisine created by world-class chef Schilo Van Corvorden at the Finca Cortesin hotel and golf resort. Superb service, elegant setting and excellent wine list.




Location: Puerta de Banús Tel. 952 818 392 Creative cuisine with professional service and lively atmosphere. Open daily for dinner.



Location: C.C. Cristamar Tel. 952 815 319 Wide range of exquisite and exotic dishes enjoyed in stylish surroundings. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Take away and full catering service also available.



Location: Cento C. Cristamar Tel. 952 811 827 Contemporary cuisine, Location: C.C. La Colonia presented by Sushi des Artistes Tel. 952 781 583 (Golden Mile) – sushi, sashimi Fresh and creative food served and Japanese tapas. Takeaway throughout the day. Fantastic available. Open seven days a breakfasts, salads, wok dishes, week from 1pm to late. fajitas, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. Daily specials and superb evening menu. Eclectic décor and pleasant ambience.


GIRASOL Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 813 859 Superb service and excellent food from award-winning chefs Michel and Paul. Attractive surroundings and pleasant patio terrace overlooking golf valley.

MAGNA CAFÉ Location: Magna Marbella Golf, Tel. 952 929 578 Exquisite cuisine in stunning surroundings. Bar and large terrace with breathtaking views.

STARZ MARBELLA Location: C.C. Centroplaza Tel: 952 816 313 International food with all-day breakfast and extensive lunch menu. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am–5pm. Free wifi.

EVITA BY BUENOS AIRES Location: Avda. del Prado Tel. 952 929 620 Superb Argentinean cuisine. Golf views on a beautiful terrace.


Italian REGINA’S Location: near Andalucía Plaza Tel. 952 814 529 Elegant surroundings with highquality Italian dishes ranging from traditional to creative.

Oriental THAI BANGKOK Location: Plaza de Las Orquídeas Tel. 952 813 603 Traditional Thai and Asian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

GOLDEN M ILE Oriental SUKHOTHAI Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 770 550 Fabulous Thai cuisine, with intimate surroundings and cosmopolitan décor.

TAI PAN Location: Puente Romano Tel. 952 777 893 Enjoy cocktails at Polynesian bar before sampling oriental cuisine in beautiful surroundings.




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Location: opposite Marbella Club Tel. 952 779 166 Sumptuous original Thai and Japanese cuisine including sushi and a selection of curries, with large terrace area perfect for al fresco dining. Take-away and delivery service also available – with full menus and online order service.

Location: Hotel Puente Romano Tel. 952 820 900 Stunning restaurant and lounge serving superb Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Calle Estébanez Calderón Tel: 952 774 578 The cuisine is in the style of a classic French bistro with a delicious array of cocktails.


Location: Nueva Andalucía Tel. 952 906 205; Golden Mile Tel. 952 777 480 Freshly made, lovingly prepared food which uses the best possible ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


International VILLA TIBERIO Tel. 952 771 799 Highly popular restaurant set within stylish surroundings, al fresco at its best.

SMALL WORLD CAFE Location: C.C. Le Village Tel. 952 771 046 Small World Cafe is a cool, contemporary restaurant where diners can enjoy lazy breakfasts, a quick bite for lunch or a relaxed dinner from the simple yet creative menu.

TERRAZA DUAL Location: Marbella Mar Tel. 952 925 250 Great service and attractive surroundings. Home-made dishes. Take away also available.

MARBELLA International ZOZOÏ

Location: Paseo Marítimo Tel. 952 858 858 Great for drinks, snacks and à la carte dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner Open seven days.

THE ORANGE TREE Location: Orange Square Tel. 952 924 613 / 680 224 457 Creative contemporary cuisine, with innovative new menu every six weeks. Open daily for dinner from 6.30 till late; early evening menu until 8pm.

Location: Plaza Altamirano Tel. 952 858 868 Old converted house provides perfect atmosphere for cuisine BIJOU BAR & BISTRO with a difference. Location: Plaza Juan de la Rosa Tel. 952 776 468 SANTIAGO Varied and well-priced cuisine, Location: Paseo Marítimo designed to include fresh Tel. 952 770 078 ingredients, in comfortable Specialising in fish and seafood environment with excellent, friendly service. Open Tuesday from throughout Spain. to Sunday at 6pm.

French CASANIS Location: Calle Ancha 8 Tel. 952 900 450 Exquisite bistro serving menu del día as well as à la carte, aperitifs and cocktails. Open Monday to Saturday for dinner.

Italian ZAFFERANO Location: Calle Gloria 12 Tel. 952 863 125 Beautiful renovated old town house with modern Italian cuisine in elegant surroundings.

CASA NOSTRA Location: C/ Camilo José Cela Tel. 952 861 108 Local dining institution since 1988, with extensive selection of superb Italian cuisine.

Authentic and innovative Italian cuisine

DA FABIO Location: Marbella & El Rosario Tel: 952 823 376 / 952 833 467 Friendly, authentic Italian restaurant offering traditional cuisine and special dishes prepared by the chef. Open daily 11am-midnight, with easy parking.

Superb entertainment, elegant surroundings and excellent service

EAST OF MARBELLA International MOZAIC RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Location: Las Chapas Tel. 952 839 901 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 9am until midnight (lounge until 2am), offering Belgium and international cuisine.

BONO’S BEACH Location: Costabella beachside Tel. 952 839 236 Fine cuisine in a stunning location on one of the most beautiful beaches in Marbella.

THE BEACH HOUSE Location: frontline beach Elviria Tel. 952 839 458 Idyllic location by the sea with stunning sunsets over one of the Coast’s best beaches. Open daily for lunch and dinner.


Tel: 952 814 529 Edificio La Ruleta (next to the Hotel Andalucia Plaza) Nueva Andalucia




NIKKI BEACH Location: Hotel Don Carlos (beachside) Nikki’s signature “global” cuisine served in luxurious beach club surroundings either on the palmshaded al fresco terrace, or from one of the oversized beach beds.

MIJAS COSTA International MIJAS PLAYA Location: La Cala seafront Tel. 952 493 749 Popular restaurant overlooking the sea, with entertainment and dancing every evening. Superb food in elegant surroundings.

FUENGIROLA International

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PUEBLO LÓPEZ Location: off C/ Valencia Tel. 952 471 929 Well-established, family-run restaurant in charming Pueblo López cobbled courtyard.

Cha Cha Bar and Grill


Location: C/ Santa Isabel 8 Tel. 952 586 031 Salad buffet with hot dishes of VALPARAISO the day at lunchtime; a la carte Location: Ctra de Mijas selection in the evenings, fresh Tel. 952 485 996 juices and homemade desserts. Excellent Italian and international Open Monday-Saturday lunch; cuisine served in charming and Friday and Saturday dinner. elegant surroundings.

NEW BAR AND GRILL OPEN! International cuisine Opening times Weekdays and Sundays 12pm – 02:00am Fridays 12pm – 03:00am Saturdays 09:00am – 03:00am

687 365 811 Centro Comerical Plaza L 64 Nueva Andalucia, Marbella Malaga 29660 By the Bullring in Puerto Banus

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El Jardín Under new management El Jardín is a contemporary lounge bar situated in the popular Aloha area in Nueva Andalucía (Marbella). Modern chic-boutique décor – and friendly staff. Great events and entertainment… Thursday, Friday and Saturday: DJs playing “old school” music and contemporary hits. The ideal venue for breakfast, lunch and business meetings – and pre-party bar drinks in the evening. OPEN Monday-Thursday: 9am-2am Friday: 9am-3am Saturday: 4pm-3pm Sunday: 4pm-2am

Dress code: smart casual. Aloha Garden Urb. Aloha Golf Nueva Andalucía (Marbella) Tel. 952 815 363


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he choice of dedicated trackday cars is expanding all the time, and thinly disguised road-legal track machines from the Radical and KTM XBow to the Gumpert Apollo offer hardcore track junkies a true racecar experience at different price points. However, not everyone wants a second or third car that is total impractical for normal road use, so we lined up three seriously quick road cars at the Ascari Race Resort to see just how close they come to giving you a racecar experience. 74

The Noble M600 and Porsche GT3 RS are genuine practical supercars, while the Caterham Superlight R500, with a supercar power-to-weight ratio, is a minimalist machine whose basic design has been honed to a fine point over decades of development from the original Lotus Seven. Then we threw a wild card into the mix in the form of a Ferrari F430 Challenge, the race version of the F430 road car. As this has just been made obsolete by the 2011 season Ferrari Italia Challenge car, there will be a few F430 Challenge cars floating

around looking for homes. Wealthy enthusiasts often find ex-racecars like the F430 Challenge, a Porsche Carrera Cup or a GT3 RSR appealing as trackday cars. Unlike the three road-legal machines, however, these have to be transported to and from the circuit on a trailer.

ON THE ROAD PORSCHE GT3 RS While the second generation GT3 that debuted in 2009 stood out for its power, torque, chassis dynamics and all-round competence, it left me emotionally unmoved. On reflection, I realised that, while its dynamic excellence impressed at an empirical level, this car lacked the je ne sais quoi that would make me want to put one in my garage. The GT3 RS, on the other hand, has all the missing ingredients and more. Not only does it take the strengths of the GT3 to the next level, but it throws a large measure of the subjective excitement I was looking for into the mix as well. Its ability to engage its driver with the finite tactile, aural and seat-of-the-pants inputs that seem hidden behind a thin veil in the normal GT3 is nothing short of spellbinding. With a single mass flywheel, more aggressive ignition timing and a raft of changes to the suspension, such as wider tracks and wider bodywork, the RS is as different from the GT3 as the RSR 2.8 was from its Carrera RS 2.7 sibling in 1973. The resulting heightened level of dialogue between car and driver bores straight into your synapses, bypassing rational thought to establish the instinctive emotional connection that makes the difference between a good sportscar and a great one. It fully justifies use of the hackneyed phrase, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. There is real synergy at work here. The RS feels more communicative and alive than any other current production 911, even approaching the realm of the Carrera GT in areas such as throttle response, and the way that power bursts from its motor rather than merely developing with engine speed. The irony is that, despite its greater front and rear track widths, it feels more nimble and agile than the GT3, and responds more deftly to inputs at the helm. The 20kg weight reduction over its sibling is significant, but not that significant at 1,370kg. But when you consider that, unlike some rivals, Porsche measure this with all fluids and half a tank of fuel on board then it is light by new car standards. On track, I could not help but think how much the RS reminded me of a very well sorted racecar, sans the discomfort. From 0100km/h takes 4.0 seconds and top speed is 310km/h. But, while this is important, it is secondary to the car’s responses and handling on both road and track. Every time I drive a GT3 Cup car, that feeling of heightened and much more urgent response in the throttle, steering and engine note, and the crisper and more tactile feedback from all the controls, is immediately apparent. It is like being wired directly to the soul of the car. The same is true of the GT3 RS, albeit at a more civilised road car level. Using hi-fi amplifier analogy, the non-linear character of some volume controls means that you have to turn the knob beyond a certain point before the sound really blossoms.

“It is like being wired directly to the soul of the car”

The RS has an immediacy that feels like the big dial has been turned up a couple of clicks to the point where the soundstage opens up and everything snaps into focus. The result is revelatory. Boasting 444bhp at 7,600rpm and 430Nm at 6,750rpm, the blue-printed 3.8 litre flat-six motor revs much faster and with far more vigour than the GT3’s. The power literally explodes from the motor rather than merely building, and carries on right to the cutout, underpinned by that spine-tingling exhaust note. It is an experience that gets you going even in normal driving, when you cannot exploit the chassis and aero, the other two areas of big improvement. Here, the GT3 RS turned in crisply to the slower corners, exhibiting the pointy and grippy front end I remembered. It also felt tremendously stable in the faster bends, where you could feel the aero working to your advantage. With nearly double the downforce at speed of the previous year’s RS, its ability in

high-speed bends is a big eye opener. The second generation GT3 RS generates 170kg of total downforce at 300km/h, nearly 70 per cent more than the previous model. This makes a huge difference to high-speed stability, both in a straight line and when cornering, especially in long sweepers. That extra stability and the relatively benign chassis give you a much bigger confidence window in fast bends. After a couple of fast laps, it is apparent that the Michelin Cup trackday tyre-shod Porsche has better traction out of slow bends than the Ferrari on slicks, and interestingly, although it is a road car, the GT3 RS is ultimately not much slower on track than the high-maintenance F430 Challenge racer. It delivers much of the thrills with none of the pain. I first drove the GT3 RS on a track in Germany back in March 2010. My second encounter at Ascari simply endorsed my original impressions. As before, I was both surprised and delighted. w w w. s o c i e t y l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


ON THE ROAD “If you don’t want to extract every last ounce of performance from one of the fastest supercars on the planet, you can actually drive it to the shops”

NOBLE M600 Six hundred and fifty horsepower. Say it slowly and deliberately, and the three seconds it takes to vocalise this number is enough for the brain to register that it is not an extraordinarily large output by today’s big league supercar standards. However, when you learn that the Noble M600 weighs just 1,230kg, and therefore has a power-to-weight ratio of 520bhp per tonne, the true significance of its horsepower number becomes clear. Eight point nine (8.9) seconds. That is precisely how long it takes for the Noble M600 to go from rest to 120mph (192km/h). It is a time that most current supercars would be proud to own for the 0-100mph (160km/h) sprint, which in fact the Ferrari F430 does. Performance numbers are one thing. Few supercar owners ever wring their cars out, even on a track. What is more important is the real world driving experience; the grin factor if you like. This is where the back-to-basics philosophy of the Noble M600 will either attract or intimidate. In a world full of increasingly intrusive electronic nanny devices, the Noble has no ABS, no ESP and no brake servo. And when you turn its traction control off it really is OFF. So when you write out the cheque for £200,000 you are signing up for an authentic analogue driving experience. The heart of the Noble M600 is the Yamahadeveloped 4,439cc DOHC 60-degree V8. Two Garrett turbochargers on bespoke manifolds boost at a modest 1.0 bar, and the motor makes 650bhp at 6,800rpm with 818Nm (604 lb-ft) of torque at 3,800rpm. A pair of massive intercoolers keeps intake temperatures down. 76

The motor is mated to the ubiquitous Italian-made Graziano six-speed manual gearbox, which has seen service in several lowvolume supercars. I was surprised to learn that the car does not have a limited slip differential. The accelerator travel is very precise so you can meter in exactly the amount of squirt required, which makes it a very easy car to balance into and through corners. On the back straight at Ascari, with the motor on full noise in Race mode, the forward thrust was incredible. Thanks to the car’s low weight and the absence of discernible turbo lag, power delivery is instant, linear and a million light years from the sudden and peaky kind of on-off arrival associated with turbocharged engines of yore. Some equally powerful but heavier cars seem to pause while they inhale and fill their deep lungs before beginning their battle with inertia. Not the Noble. With plenty of torque and relatively modest mass to move, you can feel it accelerating the second you dip into the throttle travel. The counterpoint to the Noble M600’s ability to sling you up the road at warp speed is its docility and tractability. If you don’t want to extract every last ounce of performance from one of the fastest supercars on the planet, you can actually drive it to the shops. The deep NASCAR grade V8 rumble from the motor really turns heads when you accelerate away on full throttle. Its exhaust note does not just hint at big power, it clubs you over the head with it. The perfectly honed power steering allows you to translate your desired direction of travel to the front wheels instinctively. The nose

“Its exhaust note does not just hint at big power, it clubs you over the head with it”

ON THE ROAD turns in accurately on cue and the rest of the car follows through all-of-a-piece. There is no hint of bump steer or the nervousness that over-assistance can bring, so the engineers have done a fine job here. Not only do the massive Alcon race-bred brakes lack ABS, they also lack a servo. Instead, a race-style twin master cylinder looks after leverage. If you are not used to such brakes, they can cause a moment of panic the first time you approach a bend at speed and find that the pedal requires a much greater shove than you anticipated. You soon learn that you can lean on them pretty hard without locking up, and they are progressive, full of feel and very effective. As a pure driving experience, it would not be a stretch to describe the Noble as a bigger, heavier and massively more powerful Lotus Exige. The steroids they use in Barwell, Leicestershire, are obviously very effective!

CATERHAM SUPERLIGHT R500 Even an ultra supercar like the Pagani Zonda F still weighs 1,250kg, and the Lotus Elise has grown over 700kg, so at 506kg the Caterham Superlight R500 really does what the painted script says on its aluminium bodywork. With 263bhp to propel just 506kg (516kg with the sequential gearbox option), the R500’s powerto-weight ratio of 520bhp/tonne approximates that of the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Of course, other factors such as gearing, aerodynamics and rev limits come into play so, although the little Caterham rockets to 100km/h in 2.95 seconds, it runs out of steam at just 240km/h, 160km/h short of the Bugatti’s Vmax. However, on a racetrack, especially a tight and twisty one, the nearly four times heavier Bugatti would be out of its depth. Here, and on challenging country roads, the Caterham is in its element.

Getting into this rocket-powered roller skate is an art in itself. You climb in over the side, avoiding the hot exhaust if the car has just been driven, step on the seat and then slide into the foot well. It really feels like you are strapping the car on rather than getting into it! Even someone of average size will find the Caterham’s cockpit a tight fit; once in place, you hold the small steering wheel with both elbows bent, and one spilling out over the side. And, if you have a passenger, you had better be on good terms as you will share the drive experience in very close proximity. A significant option on the Superlight R500 is the sequential gearshift, which makes a huge amount of sense if you are intent on track attack times. Not only will this help you to shave your lap times, but it will also ensure that you never mis-shift and buzz the motor. From the first corner, your senses tell you that the Caterham operates to a different set of physical rules from the other cars here. For a start, it is so much narrower that you can take much straighter lines through bends, allowing you to carry more relative speed. The steering is absolutely brilliant in terms of feel and feedback, and describes exactly what is going on at the front wheels. I had fears that the small steering wheel and 1.93:1 ratio quick rack would make the car twitchy but, because the chassis is set up perfectly, it feels all-of-apiece and totally secure both in slow and fast bends alike. The last Caterham I drove on a track was on normal road tyres and, as it had far more handing than grip, I ended up drifting it through all the bends. The Avon CR500 trackday tyres on 6J and 8J x 13-inch alloys, plus the lower weight and uprated suspension of the R500, put it into a completely different league, and it took me a couple of laps to find out just where its significantly higher levels of mechanical grip ran out.

“You really know you are alive when you drive this car”

Although the other three cars are light by road car standards, you always feel you are managing understeer, oversteer and weight transfer with them. In contrast, the Caterham simply goes where you point it, and is by far the most accurate weapon here when it comes to clipping an apex within an inch of where you want to go, each time, every time.

The sequential gearshift is brilliant and totally in keeping with the immediacy of the car’s character. You still have to use the clutch for each shift but, with no across the gate movements, speed and accuracy of ratio change is fast, precise and consistent. Perhaps the only disappointing aspect of the R500 is the rather flat soundtrack of its tuned 2.0 litre four-cylinder Cosworth Ford Duratec motor. While it delivers a healthy 263bhp at 8,500rpm and 240Nm of torque at 7,200rpm, and it is a pretty lusty unit, it is best described as effective rather than charismatic. However, even the lack of aural brilliance does not stop you from coming back from a few hot laps in the R500 with a grin on your face as broad as the proverbial Cheshire cats. Being open, the Caterham brings you that much closer to the elements. This al fresco exposure, compact size, low weight and responsive controls collectively deliver a visceral experience that makes the other three cars feel a level or two removed from the proceedings. You really know you are alive when you drive this car.

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“Revving to the redline involves the whole gamut of sounds from the baritone low end to the primal scream of the flat-lane crank V8 in full battle cry”

“It bombards your senses with furious sounds and sensations from the moment you pull out of the pit lane”

FERRARI F430 CHALLENGE Of the four cars here, the Ferrari is the only one that is not road-legal. A former UK Challenger series car, it can now only be used as a rich man’s toy for trackdays. Because of the way the series rules were framed, the engine of this car is effectively the same as the road car, its 4,305cc, quad-cam V8 producing 483bhp at 8,500rpm, with 465Nm of torque at 5,250rpm. Like all race derivatives of road cars, the F430 Challenge has its weight reduced to 1,225kg by a cockpit strip out, so there are no carpets or sound-proofing. The interior is dominated by the full roll cage, snug racing seats, five-point harnesses and a detachable race steering wheel, with the analogue instruments replaced by a digital display. With no “manettino” or start button on the detachable race steering wheel, the car is set in Race mode only, with the road-going F430’s traction control and stability systems permanently disengaged, and only ABS and ASR left active. The E-differential is replaced with a mechanical limited slip differential, and the coil-over suspension has much stiffer race springs and dampers. Getting in and out of the Challenge car is your first baptism of fire. Clearing the side bars 78

of the roll cage involves putting both feet on the seat, holding on to the top bar and climbing in. Once in, you find that the already compact cabin is made even more so by the roll cage. Your race helmet is almost permanently in contact with the roll cage, and I have decided to retain the resultant marks on my helmet as a badge of honour! With less weight to pull, the V8 revs up a fraction faster than the road car, and the lack of sound-proofing gives you the full dose of soundtrack right behind your head. Revving to the redline involves the whole gamut of sounds from the baritone low end to the primal scream of the flat-lane crank V8 in full battle cry. The six-speed paddle shift operated gearbox shifts ratios in 180ms, which is pretty much instantaneously. It also blips the throttle perfectly on downshifts. However, the over-square V8 motor does its best work over 4,000rpm, and I had to use second gear to obtain convincing acceleration out of the two slowest corners at Ascari, where the other three cars were happy in third. A very low car in standard form, made lower by its race suspension set-up, the F430 Challenge initially feels more like a racing car than the more upright GT3 RS.

Like the Porsche, the Challenge is very sensitive to the state of its tyres. When they are on their way out, the stiff front end understeers noticeably in tighter bends; the mechanical limited-slip differential that replaces the E-Diff of the road car contributing to this. However, when the tyres are doing their job and the suspension is properly dialled in, the Ferrari’s handling is a thing of beauty. Unlike the F360 Challenge car, which was very snappy on the limit, the F430 Challenge lets go progressively, and trail braking to rotate the tail into a bend holds no big peril if you know what you are doing. The F430’s underbody aero works a treat, more so with the lower Challenge car, which better utilises the ground effect to keep it anchored in fast bends. In fact, in medium and fast bends, the understeer I experienced in the slower turns because of the worn slicks was counterbalanced to some extent by the aero. The F430 Challenge driving experience is best described as intense. The only pure racecar here, it bombards your senses with furious sounds and sensations from the moment you pull out of the pit lane. Doing a 10-lap race in this car would be both incredible and emotionally draining.



What business were you involved in before Triple A? Before I was the president of Triple A, I actually volunteered here for four years. That's where I discovered my passion for looking after helpless animals. It's impossible to volunteer here and not be affected by the place and the vulnerable animals. How did Triple A begin? Triple A is a charity organisation and began 17 years ago. It was created to care for cats and dogs that had sadly been abandoned on the street, or that owners didn't want any more. The premises of Triple A were donated to us by Marbella town hall, which we are very thankful for; and just

recently the mayoress of Marbella (Ángeles Muñoz) visited Triple A and pledged to donate €10,000 to aid in the care of the animals. Why do you think abandoned animals are so widely seen on the Costa del Sol? People can no longer afford to take care of their pets, and so they have to bring them to us; but realistically we don't have the resources to take them all on. We never say no to an animal but it's almost a catch 22 situation: we can't afford to look after the number of animals that are brought here, but if we don't who will? Also, some animals are lost and found on the roadside; they take up a proportion of our resources at Triple A. It's so sad because the animals are helpless and rely on an owner to look after them, so when they are abandoned they are completely alone, and rely on our undying support and care. However, unfortunately there is only so much we can do. There is only so much space and funds that we have access to, but we never say no to animals brought to us. As soon as an animal is brought here, we microchip them so that we can monitor their progress and so we know how many animals we have at the centre. What implication has the recession had on animals being abandoned? Due to the recession, people are having to relocate and can't afford to take their pets with


them. People bring them here for us to take on; at the moment we have about 320 dogs. Realistically we can't look after 100 dogs efficiently - there is just not enough space or money - but if we turn people and their animals away the animals are just left on the street. There has been a 30 per cent rise in animals brought here since the recession, so it has definitely had a big effect on us. It's not only foreign residents who are leaving animals: there has been a rise in Spanish people who are having to downsize to apartments that don't allow animals.

Our Associate Editor spent a long time raising funds for a certain animal charity down here, only for the main fund-raisers of the charity to keep the money and not pass it on. How common is this problem of people raising money for charities but not actually passing the funds on? Thankfully this is not a common problem. We did have an instance where money was raised for a Triple A calendar in December and the money was finally handed over some six months later, but fortunately this was an isolated incident. What advice can you give to people relocating to encourage them not to abandon their animals? Well there is no law in Spain that prevents owners from abandoning their animals, so

people just leave them with us to look after. My advice would be to think very carefully before owning a pet. I know that there are unforeseen events such as the recession, which is out of our control, but it is important to remember that animals are a big responsibility. Micro chipping is also vital because, if the animals are lost, they can be returned to their owners. There have been reports of the owners of Parque Animal in Torremolinos being arrested for alleged animal cruelty. How do these reports make you feel? Absolutely disgusted. I don't know how people have the nerve to put a helpless animal down. There is no need for it, and it saddens me to think of all the vulnerable animals that were sacrificed for no just reason, even if budgetary considerations - that is, lack of sufficient funding - played their part in the decision. How can people help? Donations are extremely important; the more money we receive, the more animals we can help. We ideally need over €18,000 every month just to break even; food for the animals is approximately €2,000 a month, so it is imperative that we continually receive donations from the public. Even €10 a month will make a difference here. More money means more kennels, and more kennels means a better life for the dogs. Also physical bodies working here are essential. We currently only have 12 full-time staff, which is far from enough to cope with the demand of animals that are brought to us daily. For every two dogs that are adopted, three new animals are brought to us. We often hold events to raise awareness and money, which is a significant help. From our recent fund-raising event at Villa Tiberio, a Belgian family kindly donated €10,000 to us, which is fantastic and will really help us. Every Saturday, we also have volunteers who donate their time to taking money tins down to Puerto Banús, which is another way to promote ourselves and to raise more money. How important is it that people help? I cannot stress how vital it is that people help us. Every month, we take on 100 new dogs and 50 new cats, so our organisation is growing every single day.

More information about Triple A: Stephen Webster will be holding a raffle on behalf of Triple A on 15 December at the Salotto restaurant. More details in Noticeboard. If you know of anyone who is making a difference in Marbella's new business climate - even yourself! – contact Andy Clark: Next issue (January): Leo Vega, John Small, Victor Krensler and Alistair Imrie… and the success story that is Smallworld and Tribeca.

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In the latest of our series on successful local businesses, we talk to SVEN BUNEK of The White Briefs (

there and making people realise that they can make a real different to our world, just by altering their shopping habits in the smallest of ways.

Where did the idea for The White Briefs come from? The White Briefs have now been trading for over a year. Creator and designer Peter Simonsson wanted to establish a brand that designed basic and easy to wear garments, but with a difference. He noticed that we were swaying more towards caring for our world, and wanted to create a clothing line that reflected this.

Why do you think that organic and environmentally friendly clothing is so important? Our society is more aware of the effect we are having on our planet. Therefore, we think carefully about the choices we make and the outcome that it will have on the environment, and the future generations. We only have one planet, and I think society is more aware of this, so the natural progression was to create a clothing line in an ecological way.

What is The White Briefs vision? The main vision of The White Briefs is to be ecological and environmentally friendly. The public are now more inclined to want to purchase organic foods, so why not follow suit with your clothes? The concept is fantastic; it suits the Spanish lifestyle and climate perfectly because it can be worn in a variety of ways. It can be worn as loungewear around the home, as beachwear in the summer, and there is the possibility to combine with other garments. It can be worn as an accessory, for example under a shirt, or as a staple piece in an outfit. How are the clothes organically designed and produced? Everything is organic and eco friendly within The White Briefs. The organic cotton is certified, there are no fertilisers used throughout the whole process, everything is made in Europe so there isn't extensive or costly transportation‌ even the boxes that the garments are sold in are made of recycled paper. The White Briefs want to reinvent retail; not only creating clothes that care for the environment, but also to change the way that consumers think. 82

What would you describe The White Briefs as?The main idea was to create laidback necessities that could be worn in many ways, but that are also kind to our environment. It has fantastic potential because it is one of a kind. There is nothing in circulation at the moment to compete with it; it has it's own niche market. The White Briefs is not only a clothing line; it is also a brand and a lifestyle choice. Customers choose to purchase garments made with organic cotton, which is a conscious effort to buy into a luxurious line. How successful has The White Briefs been as a brand? The White Briefs has been extremely successful. I started out in the company as a consumer; I appreciated the product so much that I wanted to be a part of such an original brand that was altering people's perceptions of shopping. The White Briefs prides itself on its return custom; once a customer has felt the quality of the products, they return again and again. We also have presence at all the major fashion weeks, so we are really getting the product out

The new collection from The White Briefs is called The Black Collection. Why has this new collection been designed? We needed to bring out something new. There was actually a high demand for a collection in black. Black and white are the easiest colours to wear, so it was only a matter of time before the black collection was released. Also, this brand is unisex, and men in the south of Europe prefer to wear black. What's next for The White Briefs? We are launching a children's collection in white that is similar to the existing adult's collection. It is still designed and created ecologically, and eliminates the causes of rashes on children and babies due to it being 100 per cent pure cotton and the fact that no chemicals are used in the process. It's also great because it teaches children the importance of caring for our world and gives them a different perspective on the way they live their lives.




CD DE SALAMANCA SPAIN'S MOST EXPENSIVE CAR SOLD IN MARBELLA Prestige car dealership C. de Salamanca in Marbella has sold the most expensive car in Spain, an Aston Martin ONE-77 valued at ¤1,350,000 (before taxes). Only 77 of the 7.3 V12 models have been built, and this is the only one sold in Spain. More information:

C. DE SALAMANCA SPAIN'S MOST EXPENSIVE CAR SOLD IN MARBELLA Prestige car dealership C. de Salamanca in Marbella has sold the most expensive car in Spain, an Aston Martin ONE-77 valued at €1,350,000 (before taxes). Only 77 of the 7.3 V12 models have been built, and this is the only one sold in Spain. More information:

OWEN FARRELL PHOTOGRAPHY OPENING OF NEW PORTRAITURE STUDIO Marbella-based wedding photographer Owen Farrell has just opened his stylish new portraiture studio in Nueva Andalucía, specialising in baby and children's portraits. Capturing beautiful and creative images in the studio can be achieved in an hour-long session; and clients receive an online gallery which will show the portrait session in a slideshow. A full framing service and reprints are offered at the studio; maternity sessions can be organised; “poochie lovers” can pop along to the studio for a dog portrait session; and gift vouchers are available for Christmas. More information: Tel. 670 664 341; /

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STEPHEN WEBSTER JEWELLERY COCKTAIL PARTY TO PREVIEW NEW COLLECTION Guests will be able to preview the latest collection from the UK's most cutting-edge jewellery brand, and enjoy a glass of champagne, at the Stephen Webster Christmas Soirée at Salotto restaurant on 15 December from 8pm. (by invitation only). Those also wanting to stay for dinner can reserve a place on Tel. 952 818 112. A charity prize draw will be held, with proceeds to be donated to the Triple AAA animal charity. There will also be a special pre-Christmas discount of 15 per cent on items purchased on the night. More information:


BUTTERFLY CHILDREN CHARITY INAUGURATION OF NEW RESPITE HOME Marbella mayoress Ángeles Muñoz officially inaugurated the new respite home created by the DEBRA Butterfly Children charity in Marbella. After cutting a big blue laze as symbol of the inauguration, Angeles Muñoz congratulated the charity for its hard work and also dedicated touching words to Nieves Montero, the mother of a boy affected by the Butterfly Children condition, who founded the charity and is its current president. The new facility will be a place for respite as well as a centre to be assisted by DEBRA nurses, psychologists and social carers for patients and their closest family members.

We are pleased to offer space in these pages to Costa associations looking after and trying to find homes for abandoned or mistreated animals. If you would like news or contact details for your association included in this section, email:  F.A.M.A.: Six-month-old Charlie (pictured above) is one of the dogs at the Foundation for Abandoned and Mistreated Animals hoping to find a loving home. He will be a small dog, has a “very friendly and lovely nature, and is good with other dogs and loves to play”. If you are interested in Charlie, or any of the many others patiently waiting for a home, you can view the adoption tab at, or contact Pat Coleman on Tel. 620 354 885 and arrange to drop by the homing centre.  DIRECTORY ADANA: ANBAD: FAMA: HACIENDA HORSES: MAPS: SEPE: SIEMPRE CONTIGO ROTA: SOS: TRIPLE A:


THAI ELEPHANT RESTAURANT SPECIAL TASTING IN MARBELLA Clients and friends of the newly opened Thai Elephant restaurant enjoyed a lovely evening last month. They were invited to savour a selection of succulent dishes while enjoying the restaurant's friendly and welcoming atmosphere.


SNAPSHOTS As it is not always possible to cover every party, launch or general celebration we would like to in our Society pages, the Snapshots section features other events along the coast - and further afield. If you would like your special occasion featured in the magazine, send us a selection of high-resolution photos and a brief write-up about the event (maximum 50 words), by 10 December (for the January issue) to:

VALLE ROMANO TOUR STAR TAKES PART IN GOLF CIRCUIT LAUNCH European Tour champion Gonzalo FernándezCastaño stayed on the Coast after competing in the inaugural Andalucía Valderrama Masters, to join players taking part in the final of the inaugural Valle Romano Gonzalo FernándezCastaño Circuit played at the Estepona course.

LA CALA RESORT AFFINITY CARD FOR NON-RESIDENTS The latest competition as part of the laCala&You affinity card initiative for nonresidents was an autumn greensomes at Campo Asia. Cardholders enjoyed the opportunity to meet and develop friendships that can be renewed on an annual basis at subsequent events.

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In the stars ... with Russell Grant CAPRICORN


December 22nd – January 20th

November 23rd – December 21st

CELEBRITY SAGITTARIAN Brad Pitt Born 18 December 1963 in Oklahoma Considered one of the world’s most attractive men, actor and film producer Brad Pitt began his career with TV guest appearances before gaining his first leading roles in A River Runs Through It (1992) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). Married to Jennifer Aniston for five years, and now living with Angelina Jolie and their six children (three adopted), he is known for his active support of humanitarian causes, including combating AIDS and poverty in the developing world.

Trust your instincts when it comes to cash and finances as the festive season gathers momentum. Be ready to back up your opinions with forceful words near the 2nd. The 3rd finds you facing off with an unpredictable relative. Adopting a more professional look will yield exciting results near the 5th. Take the helm of a large organisation near the 7th. The 8th emphasises your sex appeal; use it to draw someone sexy into your web of amour. Backroom financial deals are favoured in the days surrounding the 10th. An intelligent use of resources helps you set up longterm financial security on or around the 14th. Accept a relative's generous offer with good grace on the 16th, or you'll look like a bore. Uncontrollable emotions could cause an embarrassing outburst near the 18th. A close relationship can't withstand the pressure of a meddling relative on the 21st. Be willing to face a relative's shortcomings near the 22nd, or you could be greatly disappointed. You could be given important financial responsibilities at the end of December or start of January; resourceful use of this money will pay off for years to come.

People are very receptive to your ideas in the early days of December. The 2nd finds you working behind the scenes for a charitable cause. Try not to lash out in anger at an annoying neighbour on the 3rd. A festive opportunity to rest and relax falls into your lap on the 5th; savour this moment to the fullest. Your opinion carries a lot of weight on or around the 6th; be supportive of a sibling or cousin's plans. The 7th could prompt an important executive to approach you with a job offer. A female friend could convince you to undergo a health regimen near the 8th. You'll be able to express your true feelings to friends at a social gathering on or around the 10th. You'll be able to move mountains through sheer willpower and resourcefulness on the 14th; take this opportunity to vault over a stubborn obstacle that has blocked your path in the past. Slow your pace in the countdown to Christmas or too much fine wine and rich food will take their toll on your waistline. Your animal magnetism will draw admirers from every corner in the days surrounding the 27th.

Horoscopes AQUARIUS




January 21st – February 19th

February 20th – March 20th

March 21st –April 20th

April 21st – May 21st

Adopting a low profile will win your boss's approval at the start of December. Joining a group effort near the 2nd will help you to realise a cherished dream. Neither a lender nor a borrower be in the days surrounding the 3rd. A new friend enters your life near the 5th, thereby giving you access to some respected cultural institutions. Jotting down your thoughts in a private journal could lead to a profound emotional breakthrough on the 6th. An influential person sings your praises near the 7th, putting you in line for a promotion. Your discretion at work will be rewarded on or around the 8th. Keep your plans near the 14th under wraps as a means to lull rivals into a sense of complacency. Do your best to repay a loan on or around the 16th. Be sure to keep all your receipts around the 18th, as you may have to return something. A difference in ethics could drive a wedge between you and a friend near the 20th. A romance shows signs of strain around the 21st; making your choice of gifts and presents more important than ever thanks to a cash shortage that could overshadow the festivities.

Attending a lecture, class or book club with friends gives you the intellectual stimulation you crave at the start of December. The 2nd demands that you be a little more forceful at work. Keep your temper in check in the days surrounding the 3rd, or your reputation will suffer. A fantastic career opportunity arrives on the 5th; giving you skills that afford long-term financial security. It will be much easier to find the freedom you crave after the 6th. The 7th is perfect for asking for additional vacation time. Friendship could turn to romance quite easily on the 8th. An old friend could make contact with you near the 10th. The opportunity to realise a childhood dream on the 14th will be both terrifying and exhilarating. Don't make promises you can't keep to your boss around the 16th. The days surrounding the 18th are perfect for getting a high-powered job or promotion. Resist the urge to splash out extravagantly on luxurious gifts and presents during the Christmas countdown. The 21st could spark a big family fight; tempers are sure to flare. You could finally get word about a new job offer as December turns into January.

The 1st is ideal for updating your CV or taking a class for career advancement. An ideological disagreement creates friction in a group around the 3rd. Going on a long-distance trip is favoured around and about the 5th; you could make some important business contacts along the way. Your specialised knowledge comes in handy on the 7th, thereby impressing a powerful executive. Money from a refund, dividend or inheritance helps you afford a flashy status symbol around the 8th. Don't make any promises on the 10th, as you'll soon be forced to revise your plans. It may be necessary to exert a little extra pressure on your boss on the 14th, or an oppressive situation will continue at work. Legal matters won't go your way on the 20th; prepare to make some changes to your longrange plans. Construction in your neighbourhood on the 21st could lengthen your daily commute; try to find an alternate route. The 22nd isn't good for dealing with a big bureaucracy; wait another week to straighten out paperwork. Your boss may ask you to spend more time at work on the 29th, putting added strain on a personal relationship. You'll be able to reschedule a vacation around the 30th.

Studying with a teacher who has a dry wit proves stimulating around the 1st. Specialised knowledge helps you advance up the career ladder in the days surrounding the 6th. A lover, friend or fellow worker could prompt you to break a bad habit around the 8th. The 10th forces you to revise some travel arrangements at the last minute. Give serious thought to an advanced degree near the 14th. You may not get the support you expected from friends in the days surrounding the 16th. Resist the urge to turn friendship into a romance on the 18th. It's time to have a serious discussion about joint finances around the 20th. A source of income could be cut off near the 21st, forcing you to make other plans. Friendship and finance don't mix on the 22nd. Going on an overseas journey could radically change your outlook in the days surrounding the 27th. Go ahead and share a work assignment with an eager colleague on or around the 29th. It becomes much easier to communicate on a romantic level at the end of the month.

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Horoscopes In the stars ... with Russell Grant GEMINI




May 22nd – June 21st

June 22nd – July 23rd

July 24th – August 23rd

August 24th – September 23rd

You may be able to wangle more vacation time on or around the 1st. Let a close friend coax you into an adventure near the 2nd. The 3rd puts added strain on a professional alliance. A partnership flowers on the 5th, prompting you to give serious thought to starting a family or launching a creative project. Good news regarding an investment, inheritance or grant reaches your ears around the 6th. The 7th is perfect for an artistic collaboration. More money becomes available for luxuries near the 8th, making life much sweeter. Spend the 10th doing some holiday shopping, before the real crush begins. A passionate encounter makes the 14th a day to remember. You won't be able to change your boss's mind on the 16th, so don't even try. Attend a lecture, class or discussion with a loved one near the 20th. The 21st forces you to come to terms with a painful personal truth; stop pretending to be someone you are not. Work could prompt you to overlook a partner's needs on the 22nd. The 27th requires a tremendous show of willpower.

An admirer could confess a crush on you near the 1st. Step up your exercise regimen on the 2nd. Don't pretend to know more than you do in the days surrounding the 3rd. Your job situation takes a turn for the better on the 5th, enabling you to spend more quality time at home. A powerful friend, professional contact or lover will change your outlook on the 6th. Let an older relative teach you a valuable skill around the 7th. The 8th is perfect for a romantic evening on the town. An intimate relationship will dramatically change the course of your life on the 14th. Don't talk about religion or politics at work near the 16th. You could be given a nice work bonus near the 18th. A medical consultation provides relief from a nagging ache or pain on the 20th. The 21st puts an end to a secretive habit that has been making you miserable. A passionate encounter gives you a sexy glow on the 27th. Don't let a bully negate your feelings near the 29th. Schedule a round of job interviews near the 30th.

Create a diet plan on the 1st so you can stay fit through the holidays. The 2nd is perfect for spending quality time with a youngster or lover. Beware of overloading your credit card on or around the 3rd. A love affair, child or creative project gives life new meaning in the days surrounding the 5th. You'll get an astonishing amount of work done in the days surrounding the 6th. Praise from an expert on the 7th gives you hope for a creative project. Working from the comfort of home will be a positive experience around the 8th. The 10th prompts you to form a warm friendship with a colleague. Positive changes will occur in the workplace around the 14th. Resist the urge to buy a youngster's affection near the 16th. A lover knows just what to say to get your blood racing on the 18th. The 20th warns against risky investments. A friendship torn apart by financial troubles could come to an end on the 21st. Your health will flourish after breaking a bad habit around the 27th. Heed a colleague's warnings near the 29th.

Make plans for a fun vacation around the 1st. The 2nd finds you doing work that is spiritually fulfilling. An irrational relative could make your temper flare in the days surrounding the 3rd. A new living situation takes root around the 5th, helping you save money. Trust your instincts about a youngster on or around the 6th. Money for a home improvement project becomes available on the 7th. A flirtatious conversation puts a spring in your step near the 8th. The 10th favours a romantic risk of some kind. Taking a calculated risk on the 14th will pay off beyond your wildest dreams. Don't impose your will on a loved one near the 16th. Gentle exercise can ease your anxious mind in the days surrounding the 18th. A close relative has valuable words of wisdom on the 20th. The 21st forces you to decide between your personal and professional lives. There's no point in trying to talk sense to a naïve friend near the 22nd. Your sex appeal will be powerfully potent on the 27th. Hammer out a household budget in the days surrounding the 30th.



September 24th – October 23rd

October 24th – November 22nd

A female relative could give you money for a home improvement project on the 1st. The 2nd has you racing through chores like a hot knife through butter. Don't taunt an irritable colleague in the days surrounding the 3rd. Good news regarding career prospects around the 5th infuses you with optimism. Learning some home improvement skills around the 6th will save you lots of money and frustration. Schedule a talk with your boss or an important executive around the 7th; this is a good time to discuss your career prospects. A beautiful family heirloom could be given to you in the days surrounding the 8th. The 10th prompts you to find ways to make your household budget stretch farther. You'll have to make a decision whether to stay in your present home or move to a new one around the 14th. Don't over-indulge in food or drink on the 16th, or you'll make a disastrous decision. The 21st forces you to cancel travel arrangements quite suddenly, thanks to an unexpected work assignment. Don't let a pushy man tell you what to do at the end of the month.

People are very receptive to your ideas on the 1st; take this opportunity to make a bold suggestion. Press for a raise or larger cut of the profits near the 2nd. You won't appease a difficult, demanding child with expensive gifts in the days surrounding the 3rd. A new source of income becomes available on the 5th; thereby giving you more time for the people and activities you love. Put a plan for personal transformation into action on or around the 6th. Finding a steady source of income will be a relief in the days surrounding the 7th. A flirtatious conversation gives you a sexy glow near the 8th. You could get an enticing proposition around the 10th. Your outlook undergoes a radical change after an impassioned discussion on the 14th. A fabulous present on the 16th has strings attached; don't accept it. With Christmas just around the corner you must guard against impulsive shopping sprees. Joint finances become a source of strain near the 21st. Stick to your budget in the days surrounding the 22nd. Try not to take a harsh tone with a loved one over the festive season.

CONFETI MAGAZINE LAUNCH OF SPECIAL SPANISH ISSUE The overwhelming success of Confeti – the essential wedding bible for English-speaking couples choosing to get married in Spain and Gibraltar – prompted the publishers to launch a Spanish edition coinciding with the Celebra wedding fair in Málaga last month. Confeti Magazine is Spain’s first Englishlanguage publication dedicated exclusively to weddings and wedding-related subjects. It has been exceptionally well-received within the industry, both in southern Spain and Gibraltar and in the UK and Ireland, where the magazine is distributed and promoted at the leading wedding fairs. The English version of the magazine can be read online at:



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